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Attacks on AAPI

A wave of assaults on elderly Asians has stoked fear in many, driving authorities to allot additional officers before the Lunar New Year and take other measures to combat an issue that has worsened since the beginning of the year.

In January, a nearby tv station showed footage of a young man sprinting toward, then brutally pushed an elderly man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, who had been out for a morning walk within the Anza Vista neighborhood of San Francisco. He later died. Another video appears of a 91-year-old man in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood being pushed face down into the walkway cement from behind in an unprovoked attack.

The assaults rapidly reinvigorated shock, fear, and hurt over a wave of anti-Asian violence and badgering that community leader says was impelled prior within the pandemic by the talk of previous President Donald J. Trump, who demanded on calling the coronavirus “the China virus” or the “Kung Flu.” There has been a 1,900 percent increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, from the New York Police Division, which said that in 2019, only one anti-Asian incident was reported, compared with 20 within the beginning half of 2020.

Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative formed last March pointed at the following and responding to episodes of viciousness and discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, has gotten more than 2,800 reports of racism and discrimination focusing on Asian-Americans. Of those, a tremendous majority, almost 71 percent, were occurrences of verbal harassment. Physical attacks made up 8.7 percent. According to the organization’s information, individuals 60 and older were excessively targeted with physical viciousness, as were women. There were at least 28 cases of wrongdoings against Asians detailed to the New York police, and all but four included an assumption that the victim had the coronavirus, the police said. The violations included attack, vandalism, robbery, and harassment.

Joe Biden's administration has taken a strongly diverse tack from the past one to try to address these issues. In his first week, President Biden marked an official notice recognizing that "inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk."

Ashley Lu

Head of Writing Dept


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