Senior Japanese diplomat in Oregon attacked in alleged hate crime

TOKYO — A senior Japanese diplomat in Oregon was attacked by a woman last month and sustained injuries, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said July 19, in what local media reports say was an alleged anti-Asian hate crime. Yuzo Yoshioka, 62, head of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland, was pushed to the ground by the […]

Santa Clara Co.: DA adds hate crime enhancements to 3 men charged with armed robbery

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will be adding hate crime enhancements to charges against three men arrested April 17 on suspicion of a string of armed robberies in Palo Alto and Milpitas, alleging that they exclusively targeted Asian people, prosecutors said April 20. Siahola J’lan Tupouata, 18, Tavita Lauti Fifita, 21, and Curtis […]

California state lawmakers introduce two bills to combat anti-Asian hate crime

California lawmakers introduced two bills in the state Legislature Feb. 17 aimed at combating the surge of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Web portal Stop AAPI Hate, which allows victims of hate crime to self report incidents in one of several Asian languages, has logged over 9,000 reports since March 2020. […]

Asian Americans mark Lunar New Year amid ongoing hate crimes

For two years now, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country have endured racist verbal, physical and sometimes deadly attacks fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. With the start of the Lunar New Year, many are looking forward to carrying out family traditions and joining in community celebrations throughout February. These include family dinners and […]

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 […]

Calif. hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released June 30 by the state’s attorney general. Overall hate crimes increased from 1,015 to 1,330 last […]

Man charged with hate crime for threats against Asian postal worker

DALY CITY, Calif. — A 26-year-old Oakland man has been charged for an alleged hate crime in Daly City against a U.S. Postal Service worker who is an Asian American, San Mateo County prosecutors said June 8. Lamont Demetrius West Verdon was charged with making criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement as well as […]

Suspect in attack on Asian American woman in NYC is arrested

NEW YORK — A parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago was arrested on charges including felony assault as a hate crime for attacking an Asian American woman near New York City’s Times Square, police said early March 31. Police said Brandon Elliot, 38, is the man seen on video kicking and […]

Woman accused of spitting on Asian man faces hate crime

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A woman accused of spitting on an Asian American man and yelling an ethnic slur as he dined outdoors in Silicon Valley has been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and battery, officials said March 8. Karen Inman, 39, also told the man to “go back to where you came from” […]

Suspect faces hate crime, assault charges in attack on woman at train station

A San Francisco man suspected of attacking a woman and calling her ethnic slurs at a San Jose train station in early March was set to be arraigned March 12 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The 26-year-old woman, who is of Asian descent, was waiting for a morning commuter train at Diridon Station about […]