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Anti-Asian hate incidents spike by 1,800% in Orange County

Orange County hate spike

Anti-Asian hate incidents — attacks that do not rise to the level of a hate crime — have increased in 2020 by a whopping 1,800% in California’s Orange County, according to a new report from the nonprofit Orange County Human Relations Commission.

Driving the surge: For the past decade, the county logged only four to five incidents against Asian Americans each year, according to Nhi Nguyen, the commission’s hate crime prevention coordinator. However, 2020 saw a total of 76 incidents against the community, a surge attributed to the growth of anti-Asian sentiment around COVID-19.

Man released after plowing into Asian mother and daughter, leaving them with critical injuries


Two Asian women remain in critical condition after a pickup truck crashed into them in Anaheim, Calif. on Independence Day.

What happened: The victims, a Vietnamese mother and daughter, were watching Fourth of July fireworks in the 200 block of North Grand Avenue when the vehicle lost control and plowed into a crowd they were standing with.

Suspect Accused of Punching Korean American Woman at Skate Park in Tustin Faces Hate Crime Charge


An 18-year-old woman was verbally attacked and physically assaulted by a male suspect last Sunday morning at her local skate park in Tustin, Calif.

Jenna Dupuy, who is of Korean and Puerto Rican descent, was at the Tustin Legacy Skatepark to teach a morning art class. She was approached by a man who made suggestive comments before eventually assaulting her. 

Neighbors Team Up to Protect Asian Family’s Home After Teens Throw Racist Insults and Rocks in OC

Ladera Ranch

Neighbors have banded together to help an Asian American family rest peacefully at night after being continuously harassed by teens at their home in Ladera Ranch, Orange County, California.

Several teens have reportedly terrorized Haijun Si’s home by throwing rocks at it, shouting racial slurs, pounding the door and running away, and at one point, leaving a pornographic picture in front of his door, according to KCAL9.

‘Pastor’ in Little Saigon Pleads Guilty in $33 Million Investment Scam

Church scam

The co-founder of the Church of the Healthy Self located in a strip mall in the Little Saigon area of Westminster, California has pleaded guilty in a $33 million fraud case.

Kent R.E. Whitney, 37, of Newport Beach, agreed on April 15 to plead guilty to mail fraud and filing a false income tax return, a federal prosecutor announced on April 17, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

‘Coronavirus!’: Vietnamese Students Bullied and Harassed at High School in Little Saigon

A video has recently been shared on YouTube where several Vietnamese students at a high school in Orange County, California were bullied and harassed by schoolmates.

The incidents, which occurred at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, alarmed the local Vietnamese community, who make up California’s oldest, largest and most prominent Little Saigon.