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Morning Briefing: Fighting Back Against Anti-Asian Crime

Tracy Park began writing an illustrated letter as an outlet for her feelings around an encounter with an anti-Asian racist. (Tracy Park)
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Good morning, L.A.

As politicians on the right – including President Trump – continue to blame the coronavirus on Asian countries and people, incidents of anti-Asian hate crimes are spiking in America. Los Angeles is no exception, and one such incident has inspired two women to push back and work to make communities safer for their families and friends.

My colleague Josie Huang has the story of Esther Lim and Hong Lee, who met online after Lee posted the details of a racist verbal assault she suffered. Lim had been making and distributing booklets designed to help older people navigate racist encounters when she read about Lee’s experience, and now the two encourage one another to keep speaking out against bigotry.

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Lee, uncomfortable talking about her assault at first, has begun telling her story publicly in order to shed light on the issue.

And after hearing that the first LAPD officer who responded to Lee didn’t file a report because, according to her, he said “there’s no crime here,” Lim was inspired to connect Lee with a different officer – who in turn has promoted better training for law enforcement.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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