Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there have been successive incidents of discrimination and violent crimes against Asians across the United States, with one study reporting nearly 3,800 anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year.
Violence against Asians has recently increased in the country. On March 16, three shooting incidents occurred in Atlanta Metropolitan area. Eight people were killed, of which 6 were Asian women, including 1 of Chinese origin and 1 Chinese citizen.
Incidents of hatred against Asians in many places have deepened the fear among the Asian American community, discrimination against whom is nothing new in the United States. Consequently, parades and rallies with the theme "Stop Asian Hate" broke out in many places to protest the Atlanta shooting and vicious incidents against Asians.
On March 27, a demonstration with the theme "Stop Asian Hate" was held in San Francisco. Julie Tang, retired judge of the San Francisco Superior Court, was one of the organizes. She is deeply concerned with the living conditions of Asian-Americans. Tang was born and raised in Hong Kong, and has lived in United States since 1967. “When things were good between China and the US, during the 40 years after 1979, we were admired”, she said.
According to Tang, since the former President Trump blamed China for US’s inability to manage the pandemic with his inflammatory language, racism and hatred against Chinese and other Asian Americans were fanned.
Norman Lau is a second generation Chinese American. He grew up in Oakland and now works as the history teacher at Montera Middle School. Lau believes, if the current Biden administration continues to spill this sort of vitriol against China that we saw from the Trump administration, discrimination against Asians will continue. “You will probably continue to see more racist attacks against the Asian community”, Lau said.
“America is having a civil war right now. Targets are the Asians. Racism has always been in DNA of the United States”, Tang commented.
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