Man charged in anti-Asian rant against Olympic athlete

ORANGE, Calif. — Prosecutors filed a hate crime charge against a 26-year-old man Sept. 24 in connection with an anti-Asian rant targeted at a Japanese American Olympic athlete in Southern California earlier this year. The defendant, Michael Orlando Vivona, was previously charged with attacking an elderly Asian couple while they took a walk in the […]

AG Bonta meets with city leaders for 1st of several statewide discussions to prevent hate crimes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Police Chief Bill Scott, and community leaders on Sept. 9 in the city’s Visitacion Valley to have a discussion on hate crimes. The event was the first in a series of roundtable discussions being held by Bonta with leaders throughout the state, focusing […]

FBI releases ads asking hate crime victims to come forward

SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI’s San Francisco office launched a publicity campaign to encourage the victims of hate crimes to come forward, federal officials announced May 6. The bureau placed an ad on a city train that reads “Speak Up, Be Heard, Report Now. Report Hate Crimes to the FBI.” The ad also lists a […]

JA community responds to anti-Asian hate

Though the Japanese American community has so far been spared from the brunt of the rise of anti-Asian hate currently making headlines across the United States, many Nikkei are nevertheless concerned. “There are a lot of people who are very worried about it. They’re scared,” retired San Jose Police Department Lt. Rich Saito, told the […]

Spreading love through origami hearts

In light of the recent anti-Asian incidents that have occurred across the nation, Linda Mihara created the “Hearts for Love” campaign to spread positivity. Aiming to fold 1,000 origami hearts, the origami expert was inspired by the Japanese legend that says the gods will grant a wish to the person who folds 1,000 origami cranes. […]

Asian Americans wary about school amid virus, violence

BOSTON — A Chinese American mother in the Boston suburbs is sending her sons to in-person classes this month, even after one of them was taunted with a racist “slanted-eyes” gesture at school, just days after the killings of women of Asian descent at massage businesses in Atlanta. In the Dallas area, a Korean American […]

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON — The Senate on April 22 overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber where most of President Joe Biden’s agenda has stalled. The […]

TV’s ‘New Amsterdam’ tackles Asian hate

Over the past year and especially during the last couple of months, videos on various social media platforms have showed Asian people being brutally attacked on a daily basis. Incidents like this have become all too familiar: “When COVID was at its worst, a man stopped me in the street, he grabbed my arm, and […]

Supervisors’ hearing on crime against Asians reveals need for citywide victims services, crime prevention plan

San Francisco supervisors Connie Chan and Gordon Mar on April 8 called to strengthen their victim support and violence prevention strategies amid an uptick of racist attacks against Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The request comes after a April 8 hearing at the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee regarding crime and […]

Victims of anti-Asian attacks reflect a year into pandemic

Nearly a year after they were almost stabbed to death inside a Midland, Texas, Sam’s Club, Bawi Cung and his two sons all have visible scars. It’s the unseen ones though that are harder to get over. Cung can’t walk through any store without constantly looking in all directions. His 6-year-old son, who now can’t […]

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