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The tough fight against anti-Asian sentiment in America

The tough fight against anti-Asian sentiment in America 4

The tough fight against anti-Asian sentiment in America

According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, USA, the number of anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in the first quarter of this year increased by more than 164% compared to the same period last year.

The organization Stop Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate (AAPI) also said this week that more than 6,600 hate incidents have been reported in one year, since the Covid-19 pandemic began in the US.

The new data was released in the context of recent brutal assaults on Asian people in the US continuing to appear.

On the same day, two elderly Asian women in Baltimore, Maryland, were suddenly attacked by 50-year-old Daryl Doles and repeatedly hit their heads with a brick while they were looking after a liquor store.

Two Asian women in America were hit in the head with a brick

Two Asian women were attacked in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on May 4.

Previously on the evening of May 2, an Asian woman named Teresa was asked by a stranger to take off her mask and then hit her head with a hammer while she was walking in New York City.

`This situation is unlikely to abate quickly unless we are extremely vigilant. We have yet to create and bring about institutional transformation and behavioral change at the largest scale

Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, said it’s difficult to gauge from the organization’s data whether hate incidents are actually happening at a higher rate, or if the community is becoming more vocal.

The increase in anti-Asian violence began to attract attention in March 2020, when Covid-19 began to spread in the US and some politicians, including former President Donald Trump, blamed it.

US lawmakers then made efforts to reform the law, while many police departments established task forces and opened hotlines to handle anti-Asian hate incidents.

Last month, the US Senate passed a bill aimed at combating anti-Asian hate crimes, with overwhelming bipartisan support.

However, Tran believes that more structural changes are still needed to eliminate the racist attitudes underlying such hateful acts.

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order condemning racism against Asian Americans and repeatedly expressed concern about increasing violence.

`Even with President Biden and Congress making significant efforts, there is still a community vulnerable to varying degrees of prejudice. Even shallow prejudice can lead to

Levin, who has been tracking hate incidents for nearly 30 years, predicts the situation could get worse when Covid-19 prevention measures are lifted.

The tough fight against anti-Asian sentiment in America

People hold up banners during the `Stop Asian Hate` march in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on March 20.

While requiring `society as a whole` to take action to resolve the situation, Levin assessed that the `most urgent` problem lies with law enforcement and requires more accurate data to assess the scope of the problem.

Levin said some localities like New York City, which has established an Asian Hate Crime Task Force, are doing a good job with statistics.

`We really have to collect concrete data. If we delay and wait for figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to come out in mid-November, communities that are going through hardship right now will not

Evangeline Chan, co-chair of the AAPI Peer Group that supports victims, said there needs to be increased public education on how to report hate incidents, as well as how to connect victims with support resources.

According to Chan, one of the many ways to prevent hate crimes is to educate and `understand the root causes of racism.`

Anne Cheng, a professor at Princeton University in New Jersey, said the measure should include teaching students about the `integral role` Asian Americans played in the country’s history.

Chan also suggests training people on how to help and businesses on how to respond if they encounter a hate crime.

`We would like community members and street shop owners to at least intervene, or call for assistance,` Chan said.

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