Asian American Group Receives Nearly 3,800 Reports of Hate and Bias

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Asian American Group Receives Nearly 3,800 Reports of Hate and Bias

From Voice of America

By Masood Farivar

WASHINGTON – In Brooklyn, New York, a white man catcalled an Asian American woman and aggressively followed her down the block, yelling a racial obscenity and a sexually derogatory term.

In Washington, D.C., a man punched an Asian woman in the back in a Metro subway station, repeatedly shouting racial expletives and physically threatening her and her boyfriend.

In Las Vegas, a ride-sharing service driver told his Asian passenger, “Damn, another Asian riding with me today. I hope you don’t have any COVID.”

The three incidents are among nearly 3,800 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate and abuse an advocacy coalition has recorded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago. The disease originated in China.

In a new report released Tuesday, Stop AAPI Hate said it recorded 3,795 anti-Asian hate incidents between March 19, 2020 – shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic – and February 28, 2021. More than 500 of the incidents were recorded in 2021.

“The number of hate incidents reported to our center represent only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur, but it does show how vulnerable Asian Americans are to discrimination,” the group said in a statement.

Verbal harassment and shunning made up 68.1% and 20.5% of the incidents, respectively. Physical assaults constituted 11.1% of the total incidents.

Stop AAPI Hate was launched a year ago by a coalition of two Asian American advocacy groups and a university department to help Asian Americans report hate incidents during the pandemic.

Asian Americans started reporting an increase in discrimination as early as January 2020. But the number surged as former President Donald Trump began using xenophobic language such as “kung flu” to refer to the coronavirus and blaming China for the pandemic, Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Cynthia Choi said.

The majority of the incidents recorded by Stop AAPI Hate are not hate crimes, which the FBI defines as criminal offenses motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation and other factors, Choi said.

However, as VOA previously reported, anti-Asian hate crimes last year soared by 150% in major U.S. cities, and the violence has continued into this year.

In January, Vichar Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand, died after being knocked to the ground in his San Francisco neighborhood. A suspect was later arrested and charged with murder.

The administration of President Joe Biden has taken a stand against the hate epidemic, with Biden issuing a memorandum in January condemning the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.

Choi said that while Asian American rights organizations welcomed the largely symbolic gesture, they want to see it matched by action.

While the incidents reported to Stop AAPI Hate took place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, California — the state with the largest Asian American population — accounted for 45% of the incidents. New York, home to the second largest Asian community, accounted for 14%.

Chinese Americans were the most frequently targeted group, reporting 42.2% of the incidents, followed by Koreans, 14.8%; Vietnamese, 8.5%; and Filipinos, 7.9%, according to the report. Women were more than twice as likely as men to report incidents.

The woman attacked in the Washington Metro station told Stop AAPI Hate that the incident took place on an escalator at a transfer station.

“A few days later, we saw a news story about how the owner of Valley Brook Tea in D.C. was harassed and pepper-sprayed by the same man, calling him ‘COVID-19’ repeatedly,” the woman reported.

No arrest was made in the case. The Metropolitan Police Department closed the case after the U.S. Attorney’s office declined to bring charges, according to an MPD spokeswoman.

In response to the surge in anti-Asian violence, the Justice Department said last month that since the start of the Biden administration, it has trained hundreds of federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers to identify, investigate and prosecute hate crimes and other civil rights crimes.

“I want to be clear here: No one in America should fear violence because of who they are or what they believe,” acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin said during a press call last month.






在周二(3月16日)发布的一份新报告中,“停止针对亚太裔的仇恨” (Stop AAPI Hate)报告中心表示,在2020年3月19日,即新冠病毒疾病被宣布为国际大流行病后不久,至2021年2月28日期间,它记录了3795起反亚裔人的仇恨事件。这些事件中的500多起发生在2021年。

“向我们中心报告的仇恨事件只是实际发生的仇恨事件的一小部分,但它确实表明亚裔美国人是多么容易受到歧视,” “停止针对亚太裔的仇恨”报告中心 说。


亚裔美国人权益倡导者表示,这股仇恨浪潮的部分导火线是前总统特朗普频繁使用“功夫流感”(kung flu)来等排外语言来指代冠状病毒。





在华盛顿地铁站遇袭的那名女子告诉“停止针对亚太裔的仇恨”说 ,这起事件发生在地铁中转站的一个自动扶梯上。

“几天后,我们看到了一个新闻报道,说华盛顿市‘茗觉茶庄’(Valley Brook Tea)业主是如何被同一名男子骚扰并被喷洒胡椒剂,那名男子一再称茶庄业主是‘新冠病’”,这位女士报告说。


虽然大多数报告给“停止针对亚太裔的仇恨” 的事件并没有上升到仇恨犯罪的级别,但最近几周发生的一系列针对亚裔的暴力事件已经让倡导人士感到震惊,并在全美各地引发了抗议活动。


今年1月,84岁的泰国移民维查·热塔纳帕克迪(Vichar Ratanapakdee)在他所在的旧金山社区被人恶毒的击倒在地后死亡。一名嫌疑人后来被捕并被控谋杀。


上个月,司法部代理常务副部长约翰·卡林(John Carlin)在一次新闻发布会上说:“我想在这里清楚地表明:在美国,没有人应该因为他们的身份或信仰而害怕暴力。”

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