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A TikTok video posted by @charleschoiboy shows two women in a bar telling the TikToker, who is of Asian descent, that Asian hate doesn’t exist.
#StopAsianHate: In the video posted on Oct. 8, an unidentified woman, who claims to be a nurse and repeatedly says that she is also a person of color because of her dad, tells the TikToker, “There is no Asian hate.” The clip currently has over 113,000 views.
A national advocacy group has created a new website to anonymously report anti-Asian hate crimes, attacks and assaults against elders amid the rise of violence against the AAPI community.
About the form: The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) launched an online form with three questions asking about the victim’s identity, details about the incident and the person submitting the report’s relation to the victim.
As attacks against Asian Americans show no signs of slowing down, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) are pushing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hasten its implementation of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.
Why this matters: The law, which came into effect in May, seeks to expedite the investigation of all hate crimes related to the coronavirus. However, its sponsorship came in response to the surge in attacks against Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities, which experts believe are still being underreported.
Prosecutor affirms plan to seek death penalty for Atlanta shooter, cites ‘complete support’ from families
Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis has affirmed her intention to seek the death penalty for Robert Aaron Long, the man who shot eight people to death — including six Asian women — in three spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year.
The latest: Long, 22, appeared at the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for charges involving four of the eight deceased victims. These crimes include murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reported.
Due to notable spikes in anti-Asian and anti-Black attacks, hate crimes in the U.S. hit a 12-year high in 2020, according to FBI data released on Monday.
A new mural honoring Vicha Ratanapakdee, the elderly Thai immigrant who was killed after being pushed to the ground earlier this year, was unveiled in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Sunday.
The incident: Ratanapakdee, 84, was walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28 when a teenager shoved him for no apparent reason. The attack, which occurred in broad daylight, was captured on surveillance video.
New data from a recent poll reveals that the majority of older Asian American and Pacific Islander women are suffering from the wave of anti-AAPI hate and racism brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poll details: The recent poll, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), asked over 3,500 women about the issues they care most about, as well as what motivated them to vote during the 2020 election.
Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations are urging President Joe Biden to be extra careful to not further aggravate anti-Asian hate as the results of an investigation on COVID-19’s origins near their release.
About the report: The Biden administration launched a 90-day investigation into COVID-19’s origins in May amid the spread of the so-called “the lab leak theory,” which proposes that the pandemic resulted from SARS-CoV-2 escaping from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The Canadian province of British Columbia is launching its first-ever public inquiry on the surge of anti-Asian incidents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
What to know: The city of Vancouver reported more anti-Asian hate crimes than 10 of the most populous U.S. cities combined in 2020. For this reason, the city has been infamously dubbed the “Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America.”
California-based Cathay Bank Foundation is donating $1 million to multiple organizations that promote diversity and fight anti-Asian hate.
Distribution: Five major nonprofits will each receive a grant of $100,000, namely Stop AAPI Hate, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), the Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), the Asian American Education Project (AAEdu) and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles. Ten more organizations will each receive a grant ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, according to a press release.
National coalition Stop AAPI Hate is reporting an increase in physical attacks against Asian Americans this year, while verbal abuse — though still the largest type of discrimination — is seeing a drop in numbers compared to 2020.
Key details: The trends are highlighted in the nonprofit’s latest report, which documents 9,081 anti-Asian incidents between March 19, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Of this total, verbal harassment or name-calling (63.7%), avoidance or shunning (16.5%) and physical assault (13.7%) made up the largest proportions.
Republican Senate candidate Peter Yu defended his statement at a campaign event in Golden, Colo., last month, suggesting the #StopAsianHate movement has been “politically exaggerated.”
What happened: Speaking at an event hosted by the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans on July 20, Yu said he had never experienced anti-Asian discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado Times Recorder reported.