We are saddened by the uptick in the racially motivated violence against Asian and Asian American communities. We recognize the long history of exclusion and scapegoating that these communities have endured. The racially charged rhetoric around COVID-19 has perpetuated falsehoods about these communities. We stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities both domestically and abroad.
According to data from the New York Police Department, anti-Asian/anti-Asian American motivated crimes jumped by 1,900 percent in 2020. According to Rep. Grace Meng, between March to May of 2020, there were 2,583 reports of anti-Asian/anti-Asian American incidents throughout 47 states across the country.1
A 2020 U.N. report cited more than 1,800 racially motivated incidents against Asian/Asian Americans in the United States spanning from March to May 2020.2
A 2020 Pew survey found that, since the pandemic began, nearly a third of Asian Americans have been subject to racist slurs. 26% of respondents indicated a fear of being physically attacked.3
Northern California has seen an increase in racially motivated attacks against elderly Asian Americans. One of these attacks ended in the tragic death of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee.4
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1 Donley, Katherine. “Anti-Asian hate crime jumps 1,900 percent.” Queens Chronicle. September 24, 2020. Accessed February 10, 2021.
2“Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants; and the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls.” United Nations. August 12, 2020. Accessed February 10, 2021.
Aggeler, Madeleine. The US Is Seeing a Massive Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes. The Cut: New York Magazine. February 8, 2021. Accessed February 10, 2021.
3Ruiz, Neil G., Horowitz, Juliana Menasce, and Tamir, Christine. “Many Black and Asian Americans Say They Have Experienced Discrimination Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak.” Pew Research Center. July 1, 2020. Accessed February 10, 2021.
4Levenson, Eric, Becker, Stephanie Becker, and Simon, Dan.”Rise in attacks on elderly Asian Americans in Bay Area prompts new special response unit.” CNN. Accessed February 8, 2021. February 10, 2021.