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California man charged for driving through Stop Asian Hate rally, yelling racial slurs

  • Steve Lee Dominguez, 56, was arrested on federal charges on Thursday for disrupting a Stop Asian Hate rally and yelling anti-Asian slurs in Diamond Bar, California.
  • He reportedly ran a red light on March 21, 2021, and drove through about a dozen people who carried signs with messages such as “Stop Asian Hate” and “End the Violence Against Asians.”
  • Dominguez’s indictment accused him of yelling “F*ck China!” and “Go back to China!” at the protesters.
  • He was also accused of contacting the authorities after the incident to falsely report that protesters blocked the street, forcing him to run a red light “because they were about to trample my car.”
  • Dominguez is facing two counts of bias-motivated interference with federal protected activities. If convicted of his charges, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

A man who drove through a Stop Asian Hate rally and yelled anti-Asian slurs in Diamond Bar, California, more than a year ago was arrested on federal charges on Thursday.

Steve Lee Dominguez, 56, is facing two counts of bias-motivated interference with federal protected activities. He reportedly ran a red light on March 21, 2021, to block protesters and scream racial slurs at them.

More Americans are blaming Asian Americans for COVID-19, survey reveals

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  • One in five (21%) Americans agree that Asian Americans are at least partly responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the second annual Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S. (STAATUS Index), which surveys American attitudes toward Asian Americans.
  • The index, prepared by Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change (LAAUNCH) and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), surveyed more than 5,100 U.S. adults between Feb. 10 and Feb. 28.
  • The survey also found that only 29% of Asian Americans feel accepted in the U.S., the lowest of all racial groups.
  • Meanwhile, 71% of Asian Americans say they are discriminated against at present, but 31% of Americans remain unaware of the increased violence toward the group.
  • LAAUNCH co-founder and TAAF Chief Executive Officer Norman Chen said the findings make it clear that “attitudes toward Asian Americans are getting worse, not better, at a time when our communities continue to come under attack.”

More Americans agree that Asian Americans are partly responsible for COVID-19, according to the second annual Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S. (STAATUS Index), which surveys American attitudes toward Asian Americans.

Based on responses of 5,113 U.S. adults, the survey, which was conducted between Feb. 10 and Feb. 28, found that 21% (one in five) believe Asian Americans are at least partly responsible for the pandemic, up from just 11% last year.

‘This Asian face’: The artist behind the #StopAsianHate illustrations

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  • Jonathan Chang, a Taiwanese designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, is the creator behind iconic portraits of anti-Asian hate crime victims that were shown on billboards in Times Square during Michelle Go’s candlelight vigil.
  • The illustrator says he wanted to honor his subjects while raising awareness about the violence AAPI communities have recently faced.
  • He continues to document the Asian lives lost due to racism and hate. His viral portraits of many victims (deceased and surviving) can be seen in rallies and all across social media and publications.
  • “I hope people can focus on the victims and know that these are all real people, and it could have been any one of us,” Chang said.

As the only Asian kid in class, a young Jonathan Chang, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan at the age of 3, felt out of place.

At 10 years old, he figured that slowly replacing parts of himself would make him less different. When he couldn’t understand the cartoons shown on American television, his frustration pushed him to spend more time watching them. He would watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” over and over until English words rolled off of his tongue like it was his first. 

Philippine Consulate calls for NYC to be made ‘safe again’ after 2 more elderly Filipinos suffer attacks

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  • The Philippine Consulate General in New York has called on authorities “to do more” following the recent attacks on two elderly Filipinos in Manhattan.
  • A 73-year-old Filipino man was walking on his way to church along 8th Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan on March 27 when a 44-year-old homeless man identified as Dominic Staton shoved him to the sidewalk.
  • Staton, who reportedly has at least 10 prior arrests, was arrested and charged with assault, attempted robbery and attempted grand larceny.
  • The next day, a 53-year-old Filipino man was beaten unconscious and robbed by another homeless man at a McDonald’s restaurant along 7th Avenue near 34th Street. The attacker has not been identified.
  • The consulate condemned the attacks and once again reminded the city’s Filipino community “to be vigilant at all times and to take the necessary precautions, especially when in public.”

The Philippine Consulate General in New York has called on authorities “to do more” following the recent attacks on two elderly Filipinos in Manhattan.

A 73-year-old Filipino man was walking to church along 8th Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan on March 27 when a 44-year-old homeless man, identified as Dominic Staton, shoved him to the sidewalk.

NYC library guards Roshanta Williams, Elmirel Cephas receive handwritten thank you notes from Asian American groups

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  • Two security guards at the New York Public Library’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation branch helped authorities arrest 28-year-old Steven Zajonc on Wednesday.
  • Zajonc is accused of assaulting seven Asian women in Manhattan in a span of just two hours on Sunday.
  • Roshanta Williams saw Zajonc’s surveillance images and recognized him as a regular at the library.
  • Williams then alerted senior guard Elmirel Cephas, who set out to await Zajonc’s arrival on Wednesday.
  • NYPL Chief Operating Officer Iris Weinshall recognized the pair for their efforts, saying they “went above and beyond” to help police keep the city’s streets safer.

Two security guards from the New York Public Library (NYPL) are receiving praise for helping police arrest a man accused of assaulting seven Asian women in Manhattan on Sunday.

Steven Zajonc, 28, was captured on surveillance cameras as he traveled to carry out all seven attacks in a span of just two hours. He was seen wearing a light blue T-shirt, dark-colored pants and dark-colored shoes, and carrying a multicolored backpack.

Nearly 3 in 4 Asian American Pacific Islander women experienced racism in 2021, new report says

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  • The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) released a new survey that found 75% of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women had experienced racism in 2021.
  • Released on Thursday, the “State of Safety for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the U.S.” report polled 2,400 AAPI female respondents across the country.
  • According to the survey, over half of the incidents were caused by a stranger.
  • Sexual harassment incidents were reported by nearly 40% percent of the respondents.

A new survey has found that almost three in four women in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community reported facing racism and discrimination in 2021.

The survey report, referred to as “The State of Safety for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the U.S.,” was released by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) on Thursday.  

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.”

LOOK: Photos capture unity, awakening in nationwide rally against Asian hate

The Asian Justice Rally was held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco this past weekend to honor and seek justice for Asian victims of hate and violence.

Attacks against Asian Americans have persisted two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, with some cases resulting in deaths. The synchronous demonstrations on Sunday encouraged the community to “break the silence” and speak up.

TikTok influencers North Star Boys accused of using Stop Asian Hate mural for ‘thirst trap’ photo

  • TikTok influencer group North Star Boys recently came under fire for posing “thirst traps” in front of a Stop Asian Hate mural.
  • The photo has been shared across the platform as users continue to mock the group for what many online believe to be performative activism.
  • The group has since addressed the matter, denying that the photos were “thirst traps” and questioning what those that made fun of them were doing to help the movement.

Things went south for the North Star Boys last week after the seven-member influencer group posted a photo of themselves posing in front of a wall with the words “Stop Asian Hate.” 

Immediately, the photo drew backlash for turning a serious movement that emerged in response to the surge of anti-Asian violence into what many online are calling a “thirst trap” opportunity.

#StopAAPIHate report: 1 in 5 AAPIs experienced a hate incident over the past year

Stop AAPI Hate national report

Attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have steadily increased through the third quarter of the year, according to the latest national report by Stop AAPI Hate (SAH).

Key findings: A total of 10,370 hate incidents were reported to SAH between March 19, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021. This marks a surge of 1,289 new cases from the 9,081 incidents reported as of June 30, 2021.

2021 Asian Hall of Fame inductees include Nancy Kwan, Brandon Lee, Steve Aoki, Ken Jeong

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Ten influential Asians will be honored during the 2021 Asian Hall of Fame ceremony on Nov. 13.

Seattle cocktail event: After separating from The Robert Chinn Foundation last year, the Asian Hall of Fame joins the foundation in celebrating its 35th anniversary and the 2021 Asian Hall of Fame inductees at the Ben Bridge Jeweler in downtown Seattle on Monday.

‘There is no Asian hate,’ according to bar-goers in a TikTok video

Asian hate is apparently a false narrative

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.