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Anti-Asian Racism On The Rise

“Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake,” said President Joe Biden in a statement on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

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A woman wearing a Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg face mask holds a sign during a vigil and rally against Asian hate crimes, Friday, March 26, 2021, at Chicago’s Horner Park. The event is organized by local Chicago organizations led by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


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Today, a suspect has been arrested on hate crime charges following the assault on an Asian woman while yelling racial slurs in New York City.

On March 16, 2021, a series of mass shootings at three spas where Asian women were the alleged target of a 21-year-old white male in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight people were killed and several others were injured.

Hate crimes and discrimination has been on the rise in recent years, including a spike during the pandemic after Asian people were blamed for the cause of the pandemic, including the use of the racist term, “#chinesevirus” by former President Donald Trump on social media.

The White House announced yesterday that six new actions in response to the attacks to increase funding and establish a task force to combat anti-Asian racism.

What factors contribute to anti-Asian racism and discrimination? And what can the AAPI community and others do to combat it?

Our experts answer these questions and more.


  • Mark Toubin, Anti-Defamation League Southwest Regional Director
  • Yali Zou, Ph.D., Director of Asian American Studies Center and Asian International Programs at the University of Houston

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