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After a white man shot and killed eight people — six of whom were Asian women — at three spas in Georgia on Tuesday, national attention has been given to the extreme increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.

An Asian American woman stands in a medical mask at a protest with a sign that says, "We have 'bad days' too but you don't see us killing white people. Fuck white supremacy."


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Much of the increase in violence has been attributed to the association between Asian people and COVID-19. However, police currently say it is too early to determine whether the shootings in Georgia were racially motivated.

Instead, the suspect told police that he has a sex addiction and targeted the spas to “take out that temptation,” causing many people to reflect on the hypersexualization of Asian women.

Capt. Jay Baker, the director of communications and community relations at the sheriff’s office, also came under fire after saying the suspect had “a really bad day.”

On Tuesday morning, Stop AAPI Hate released a report showing that there have been at least 3,795 reported anti-Asian hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021.


Twitter: @StopAAPIHate

Stop AAPI Hate is a national coalition that formed during the COVID-19 pandemic to address anti-Asian hate, and it’s a collaboration between A3PCON, CAA, and SFSU Asian American Studies.

In major US cities, anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by 150% in 2020, according to California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

A bar graph from CSHE comparing the number of anti-Asian hate crime incidents reported to police in select U.S. cities in 2019 and in 2020


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The highest increase was seen in New York City, with an increase of 833%. There was a 114% increase in Los Angeles, 133% increase in Boston, and 33% increase in Seattle. While anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked, overall hate crimes decreased in 2020.

Many of these violent hate crimes target elderly Asian American people.


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In San Francisco, an elderly Asian American woman, 75-year-old Xiao Zhen Xie, was punched and attacked by a man while waiting at a traffic light. While she fought back, the attack left her with a swollen face and unable to see out of one eye.

In Oakland, 75-year-old resident Pak Ho was killed after hitting his head and suffering a traumatic brain injury when a man assaulted and robbed him during his morning walk. The suspect is facing felony charges but is not being charged with a hate crime.

But not all victims are elderly. A 36-year-old man was stabbed in the torso while walking in New York City’s Chinatown and taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

In Midtown New York City, a 41-year-old woman had liquid poured down her neck and onto the packages she was carrying as her assailant told her to “go back to China.”

While these hate crimes have received less national attention, many Asian Americans — including celebrities — have been speaking out against and protesting these acts of violence and racism for months.


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Beyond raising awareness online, here is a list of ways to be anti-racist and support the Asian community right now:

BOOKS TO READ:

The cover of the book "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" with the title written in block letters


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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia

The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad

Model-Minority Imperialism by Victor Bascara

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu

Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties by Karen L. Ishizuka

Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans by David L. Eng

Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats

Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics by Lisa Lowe

Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture by Gary Y. Okihiro

America Is in the Heart: A Personal History by Carlos Bulosan

Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899-1999 by Angel Velasco Shaw and Luis H. Francia

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture by Jane Naomi Iwamura

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority by Ellen D. Wu

Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans by Jean Pfaelzer

To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption by Arissa H. Oh

Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown by Nayan Shah

Global Asian American Popular Cultures by Tasha Oren, Shilpa Davé, and LeiLani Nishime

If you are Asian, here are resources that may help you:

If you would like to recommend a resource, please send me a message or add them to the comments below so we can update the list. Thank you.





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