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Covid 'hate crimes' against Asian Americans on rise
Posted by Johnny Wang · May 21, 2021 6:04 PM
US President Joe Biden has signed a law that aims to address a rising number of anti-Asian attacks. What's behind the hatred?
An elderly Thai immigrant dies after being shoved to the ground. A Filipino-American is slashed in the face with a box cutter. A Chinese woman is slapped and then set on fire. Eight people are killed in a shooting rampage across three Asian spas in one night.
These are just examples of recent violent attacks on Asian Americans, part of a surge in abuse since the start of the pandemic a year ago.
From being spat on and verbally harassed to incidents of physical assault, there have been thousands of reported cases in recent months.
Advocates and activists say these are hate crimes, and often linked to rhetoric that blames Asian people for the spread of Covid-19.
Virulent Hate + Reports: Anti-Asian Racism in 2020
Posted by Johnny Wang · May 17, 2021 7:40 PM
To understand trends in coronavirus-related, anti-Asian racism, the Virulent Hate Project at the University of Michigan reviewed 4,337 news articles published between January 1 and December 31, 2020. We identified 1,023 incidents of anti-Asian racism, which included 679 incidents of anti-Asian harassment and vandalism and 344 incidents of stigmatizing and discriminatory statements, images, policies, and proposals. Asian and Asian American people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders experienced racist harassment, but women and people of Chinese descent experienced most of the attacks.
Anti-Asian incidents peaked in March and April 2020, and harassment occurred across the United States, with incidents happening most frequently in businesses, on public transit, and on streets. In the incidents for which there were reported details about the individuals who were the source of anti-Asian harassment, discrimination, and stigmatization, the majority of the offenders were identified as male, white, and, in the case of politicians, affiliated with the Republican Party.
Stop AAPI Hate National Report
Posted by Johnny Wang · March 31, 2021 6:15 PM
This report covers the 6,603 incident reports to Stop AAPI Hate from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2021.1 The number of hate incidents reported to our center increased significantly from 3,795 to 6,603 during March 2021. These new reports include incidents that took place in both 2020 and 2021.
Types of Discrimination
- Verbal harassment (65.2%) and shunning (18.1%) — i.e., the deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders — continue to make up the two largest proportions of the total incidents reported.
- Physical assault (12.6%) comprises the third largest category of total reported incidents.
- Civil rights violations — e.g., workplace discrimination, refusal of service and being barred from transportation — account for 10.3% of t
- Online harassment makes up 7.3% of total incidents.