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Report: Over 11,000 anti-Asian hate incidents reported since March 2020

Stop AAPI Hate report
  • Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks anti-Asian attacks, has documented nearly 11,500 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the United States between March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2022.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of the recorded incidents involved harassment, such as verbal or written hate speech or inappropriate gestures. One in six (17%) of the incidents were reported as physical assault, and another 16% involved avoidance or shunning.
  • Women were found twice as likely to report hate incidents as men.
  • Most Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders believe the most effective response to address anti-AAPI racism is education and community-based solutions.
  • Stop AAPI Hate called on elected officials to protect the AAPI community through civil rights expansion, to educate the public about AAPI histories and cultures and to invest in community-based programs.

Nearly 11,500 hate incidents have been reported against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States since 2020, according to the latest Stop AAPI Hate report. 

Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks anti-Asian attacks, has documented 11,467 hate incidents against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community between March 19, 2020, and March 31, 2022, according to their national report released on Wednesday.

Report: Hate incidents targeting AAPI exceed 10,000 in under 2 years

  • Stop AAPI Hate’s latest report found AAPI individuals faced 10,905 hate incidents between March 19, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Nearly half of the reported incidents happened in public spaces — on streets (31.2%), on public transit (8.4%) and in parks (8.0%).
  • “Race” was the most commonly cited reason for the recorded hate crime incidents, accounting for 91.5% of the 10,905 cases.
  • According to the report, 66.9% of the 10,905 survey respondents cited “harassment” as a reason for their complaints.

A recent survey report from civic rights group Stop AAPI Hate found that hate incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. have exceeded the 10,000-mark in just under two years.

Composed of AAPI Equality Alliance, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University, the coalition has been actively keeping tabs on hate incidents against members of the AAPI community since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

California bills addressing street harassment seek to make public spaces safer for vulnerable people

California street harassment
  • California state senators and assemblymembers introduced two bills sponsored by nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate on Thursday.
  • Both pieces of legislation, which identify are aimed at protecting women and other vulnerable groups riding public transit systems.
  • Introduced by California Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine), the first bill would require the 10 largest transit districts in the state to create passenger safety initiatives.
  • “Street harassment does not often rise to criminal conduct, but it significantly impacts large portions of our population,” Sen. Min told NextShark. “My bill is a starting point to create a societal shift.”
  • Assemblymembers Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) and Dr. Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) introduced the second bill which would launch a “multiyear public education campaign” to spread awareness about street discrimnation and harassment.
  • Stop AAPI Hate is also co-sponsoring a third bill which aims to protect vulnerable individuals working for large businesses.

Nonprofit groups have helped California legislators in crafting two new bills that would help raise awareness and curb violence against women and other vulnerable groups in public areas. 

Introduced on Thursday, the proposed initiatives are among the first of their kind in the U.S. to address street harassment as a public health issue rather than a criminal one. The bills aim to lessen street harassment through “data-driven solutions based on the ridership experiences of women and other vulnerable communities,” according to a press release about the bills.

Lea Salonga reacts to Christina Yuna Lee news: ‘My emotions haven’t figured themselves out yet’

Lea Salonga

Filipino singer and Broadway star Lea Salonga recently took to Twitter to react to news of the murder of Christina Yuna Lee.

Salonga shared a Twitter thread by Chinese American sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen on Tuesday featuring “Asian badass women” and wrote, “Saw the news last night… my emotions haven’t figured themselves out yet.”

National rallies held on anniversary of Vicha Ratanapakdee death seek justice for anti-Asian hate victims

  • The synchronous demonstrations, known as the Asian Justice Rally, were held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco this past weekend.
  • The event took place on the anniversary of the death of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man who succumbed to his injuries after being shoved in San Francisco.
  • Organizers and participants encouraged the Asian American community to speak up against the hate and violence that continues to victimize vulnerable members and remains underreported two years into the pandemic.

Hundreds showed up at a national rally held across multiple cities on Sunday to demand justice for the victims of anti-Asian hate.

The event, known as the Asian Justice Rally, simultaneously took place in six major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.