Advocates Push Back Against Anti-Asian Hate As Violent Attacks Continue
Community advocates in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and elsewhere are fighting back against an ongoing wave of attacks against Asian Americans which shows no signs of abating. Anti-Asian hate has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic.
Recent attacks in have included violence, such as the horrific assault that led to the death of an 84-year old man in San Francisco in January.
In the Los Angeles are, recent incidents include:
- The Feb. 16 beating of 27-year-old Korean American veteran Denny Kim in Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood, which involved racial slurs allegedly hurled at Kim and is being investigated as a hate crime.
- Ongoing harassment of a Ladera Ranch family by local teenagers, which prompted some neighbors to keep vigil.
- The Feb. 7 beating attack of 51-year-old Matthew Leung as he waited for a bus in Rosemead. Leung, who was beaten with his own cane, lost part of a finger as the result of injuries.
In many cases, it's difficult to prove what motivates attackers and whether hate is a factor, and many reported incidents are not investigated or prosecuted as hate crimes.
Nonetheless, Asian American advocates have been working to call attention to the attacks, partnering with county officials and using social media for calls to action.
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