Anti-Asian hatred is still rising | USA-China Institute
Anti-Asian hatred is still rising |  USA-China Institute

Anti-Asian hatred is still rising | USA-China Institute

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Hate crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States have been increasing since 2015. A recent survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the Los Angeles suburbs San Gabriel Valley found that about a third had experienced or had a family member experienced a race-based hate event since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Most were the kind of verbal assaults that are not reported to the police. Nearly half of respondents said they feel less secure than they did before the pandemic.

The overall increase in race-based abuse coincides with increasingly negative attitudes against China in the wider population and the specific increase since the pandemic coincides with inflammatory rhetoric about a “China virus” or “Chinese virus.” Many see these phenomena as connected. Fear of China’s progress, claims that China’s progress comes at the expense of Americans and the climate of concern generated by an airborne disease that has already claimed 900,000 lives in the United States, have fueled fear, discrimination and violence.

From 2019 to 2020, hate incidents against AAPI individuals reported to the FBI increased by 149% to 122. Of course, most incidents are unreported. A new study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernadino reports that hate crimes in six major US cities continued to rise in 2021. In New York City alone, 133 hate crimes were recorded – more than the FBI’s total national total for 2019-2020. Stop The AAPI National Report also found that physical violence among these hate crimes increased by 17%. The diagrams below illustrate these dangerous trends.

Many people and organizations have pushed back against the rise in hate speech and violence. Together with partners, we have held events focusing on this (April, Able to). reported on some of this a year ago. Abuse and violence have not abated. More work is needed. Recognizing and documenting the harm that has been done, not only to individual victims, but also to other people who make them feel unwelcome and vulnerable, is an important first step. It is important to prosecute these crimes and publish these prosecutions. It is crucial to encourage victims and witnesses to stand up. It is hard, time consuming and necessary to shed light on the history of discrimination against the AAPI and the ongoing struggles against the fears and prejudices that promote it. Each of us can and should help. Please visit our resource page to learn about what is being done and how you can help break down prejudices and curb abuse.

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