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CBC News 22 May 2020

Vancouver police concerned about rise in anti-Asian hate crimes


Vancouver police say they have opened investigations into 29 hate crimes that occurred in March, April and May. The number constitutes an almost eightfold increase compared to the same period last year.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), John Yang of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and Manju Kulkarni of A3PCON share their thoughts on the ramifications of anti-Asian racism with NBC News correspondent Vicky Nguyen.
As the coronavirus pandemic looms over the world, outbreaks of xenophobia and hate crimes against Americans of Chinese and other Asian descent are rising at alarming rates.

A recent coronavirus-related hate crime in Midland, Texas, left a 2-year-old boy and his Burmese refugee family recovering from stab wounds to the face and torso. A pattern of such hate crimes against people of Asian descent has caught the attention of the FBI, and elected officials are finally walking back their incendiary language.

Asian American communities, institutions and scholars say this phenomenon is too familiar. "This is nothing new to the history of racism, pandemics, power and politics," says Erika Lee, an immigration and Asian American studies historian and author of "America for Americans."

Russell Jeung, who is part of an initiative to track and catalog hate crime data to help shape policy around coronavirus-related crimes, reveals data showing an alarming rate of hate crimes perpetrated against Asian Americans, with 60% of the reported attacks being against Asians not of Chinese descent.Year of the Ox are hip-hop artists who respond to the added tensions of anti-Asian xenophobia with their recent release "Viral."
NBC News spoke to members of the Asian community who have been victim to the surge in anti-Asian attacks from the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
A Vancouver woman says a man spat on her after she ignored racist and sexist remarks he made toward her. Vancouver police say there has been an eightfold increase in hate-crime investigations since March compared to the same time last year.

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