Influencer Tina Craig Is Speaking Out Against Racist Attacks On Asian Americans
  • Influencer Tina Craig is speaking out in the wake of a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans.
  • Between March 2020 and June 2020, there were 2,120 reported hate crimes against Asian Americans.
  • Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu and Lost star Daniel Dae Kim have also raised awareness of the attacks.
In the wake of a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans, U Beauty founder and influencer Tina Craig is speaking out and encouraging her Instagram followers to do the same.

"Asians were taught by our parents to 'turn the other cheek' in the face of racism, prejudice, and abuse," Craig said in a video posted to her Instagram account, @bagsnob. "Asians were taught by our suppressors to 'know our place.' They want us to believe that anti-Asian racism doesn't exist. And so we stayed silent, the picture of a model minority. Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have increased by 1900% in the last year alone, yet mainstream media isn't reporting on it. So it's up to us to speak up, #SilentNoMore."

... Between March 2020 and June 2020, a total of 2,120 hate crimes against Asian Americans have been reported in the United States, according to CBS News. That number has only increased as the pandemic has continued.

... "The rapid increase in criminal acts targeted against members of the Asian community, particularly Chinese Americans, who live and work in Alameda County is intolerable," she said at a news conference, per CNN.

Throughout most of 2020, the Trump administration referred to the COVID-19 pandemic as "the China virus," "the Kung-flu," and "the Wuhan virus." In a United Nations report released in August, officials wrote that the Trump administration's word choice likely contributed to the marked increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

"We are further concerned by the documented increase in hate and misogynist speech, including incitement to hatred and racial discrimination in public places and online, and the contribution of the President of the United States in seemingly legitimizing these violations," the report said.

... "We know that the pandemic is not going away and the hate against Asian Americans is not going away," Congressman Ted Lieu told NBC. "We did not understand why the [Trump administration] Department of Justice wasn't doing more in countering hate crimes."
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The Brutal Attack on a Thai Man in San Francisco Outrages Asian-Americans

Weary of being cooped inside during the pandemic, Vicha Ratanapakdee was impatient for his regular morning walk. He washed his face, put on a baseball cap and face mask and told his wife he would have the coffee she had prepared for him when he returned. Then, on a brisk and misty Northern California winter morning last month, he stepped outside.

About an hour later, Mr. Vicha, an 84-year-old retired auditor from Thailand, was violently slammed to the ground by a man who charged into him at full speed. It was the type of forceful body blow that might have knocked unconscious a young football player in full protective pads. For Mr. Vicha, who stood 5 feet 6 inches and weighed 113 pounds, the attack was fatal. He died of a brain hemorrhage in a San Francisco hospital two days later.

Captured on a neighbor’s security camera, the video of the attack was watched with horror around the world. Among Asian-Americans, many of whom have endured racist taunts, rants and worse during the coronavirus pandemic, the killing of a defenseless older man became a rallying cry.

In the past year, researchers and activist groups have tallied thousands of racist incidents against Asian-Americans, a surge in hate that they link to former President Donald J. Trump repeatedly referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.” Mr. Vicha’s family described his killing as racially motivated, and it spurred a campaign to raise awareness by many prominent Asian-Americans, who used the online hashtags #JusticeForVicha and #StopAsianHate.

“The killing of Vicha was so plain as day,” said Will Lex Ham, a New York-based actor, who after watching the video flew from New York to San Francisco to help lead protests and safety patrols in Asian neighborhoods. “There was no longer any way to ignore the violence that was happening to people who look like us.”

Antoine Watson, a 19-year-old resident of neighboring Daly City, was arrested two days after the attack and charged with murder and elder abuse. He has pleaded not guilty but his lawyer admits that his client had an “outburst of rage.”

Chesa Boudin, the San Francisco district attorney, says Mr. Vicha’s death was heinous. But he says there is no evidence to suggest it was motivated by racial animus. Still, at a time when demands for racial justice have rocked a demographically evolving nation, the killing of Mr. Vicha was notable for the galvanizing anger it brought to a diverse group that encompasses people of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian and Southeast Asian heritage. The killing of a Thai man in America has given voice to a united community under the umbrella of an Asian-American identity.

In the weeks since it happened, Mr. Vicha’s death has become a symbol for the vulnerability that many in the Asian-American community feel in this moment.

Three days later an attacker shoved a 91-year-old man in Oakland’s Chinatown to the ground, another video that rocketed around the internet.

That older victim has been wrongly described in many news accounts as Asian. Court documents give the victim’s name as Gilbert Diaz, and Carl Chan, a community leader and president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, said the victim was Latino. But Mr. Chan says he has tallied more than two dozen assaults against Asian-American victims in Chinatown, including two other people shoved by the assailant who knocked down Mr. Diaz.

Crime data from the district attorney offices in San Francisco County and Alameda County, which includes Oakland, show that people of Asian descent were less likely last year to be victims of crimes than other ethnic groups. In San Francisco, where 36 percent of the population is of Asian descent, 16 percent of crime victims of known ethnicity were Asian, a similar situation to Alameda County.

But leaders of the Bay Area Asian community say crime statistics are misleading because Asian-American residents, especially immigrants, often do not report assaults or robberies out of mistrust of the system or language barriers. What is incontrovertible, say leaders of the Asian-American community nationwide, is that the pandemic created a climate of fear and a feeling of insecurity from New York to California. In the past week the California Legislature approved $1.4 million in funding to track and research racist incidents against Asian-Americans.
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Covid-19: Are 'hate crimes' against Asian Americans on the rise?

The FBI warned at the start of the Covid outbreak in the US that it expected a surge in hate crimes against those of Asian descent.

Federal hate crime data for 2020 has not yet been released, though hate crimes in 2019 were at their highest level in over a decade.

Late last year, the United Nations issued a report that detailed "an alarming level" of racially motivated violence and other hate incidents against Asian Americans.

It is difficult to determine exact numbers for such crimes and instances of discrimination, as no organisations or governmental agencies have been tracking the issue long-term, and reporting standards can vary region to region.

Here are some of the recently reported attacks:
  • An 89-year-old Chinese woman was slapped and set on fire by two people in Brooklyn, New York.
  • A stranger on the New York subway slashed a 61-year-old Filipino American passenger's face with a box cutter.
  • Asian American restaurant employees in New York City told the New York Times they now always go home early for fear of violence and harassment.
  • An Asian American butcher shop owner in Sacramento, California found a dead cat - likely intended for her - left in the store's parking lot; police are investigating it as a hate crime.
  • An Asian American family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel, California, was berated with racist slurs by a Trump-supporting tech executive.
  • Several Asian Americans home owners say they've been abused with racial slurs and had rocks thrown at their houses.
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12 Asian-American Founders On Why The Beauty Industry Needs To Take A Stand Against Asian Hate
Over the course of the last year, as Covid-19 has raged across the United States, an outbreak of different variety has plagued every corner of the country as well. While the pandemic has spared no one from its devastating effects on the economy, public health, and day-to-day life, the Asian-American community has also experienced 12 months of hatred, discrimination, and violent attacks—both physical and verbal—after being unfairly blamed for the virus. Between mid-March and the end of December, Stop AAPI Hate, a tool that tracks incidents of hate against Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the US, recorded more than 2,800 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination, and one widely-cited statistic identified a 1,900 percent increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans from the year prior.

In recent weeks, several troubling reports of violence against Asian seniors—including that of an 84-year-old San Francisco woman who died from injuries sustained during her attack—have led to heightened awareness of these anti-Asian hate crimes, and many have taken their response to social media. Big names, like Chrissy Teigen, Gemma Chan, Cardi B, and Naomi Osaka, have shared their outrage and encouraged others to speak out against these happenings, while others have used the hashtag #StopAsianHate to share their own experiences with racism. Some brands and corporations have also expressed their dismay, calling attention to the dire situation and making renewed pledges to act with inclusivity. Yet, within the beauty industry, relatively few have declared their support for the Asian-American community or even acknowledged the current surge in hate crimes. Given the field’s long history of benefitting from Asian tradition, innovation, labor, and buying power, the Asian-American women behind many of its most prominent brands believe it’s time for the beauty industry and its various players to finally take a stance against anti-Asian hate.
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The suspect in the spa attacks has been charged with eight counts of murder.
The brazen shooting deaths of eight people in the Atlanta area, including six women of Asian descent, have stirred outrage and fear in Asian-American communities across the country.

The authorities say a man went on a rampage at three spas, and they charged him with several counts of murder in connection with the attacks. Investigators said they had not ruled out racial bias as a motivating factor. Here’s what we know so far.

The gunman told the police that he had a “sexual addiction” and had carried out the shootings at the massage parlors to eliminate his “temptation,” the authorities said. He also said that he had frequented massage parlors in the past and the attacks were a form of vengeance, and denied racial motivation. All but one of the victims were women, the police said.

State Representative Bee Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American to serve in the Georgia House, told the A.P. that the shootings appeared to be at the “intersection of gender-based violence, misogyny and xenophobia.”

Asian-Americans were targeted in nearly 3,800 hate incidents in the past year.
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'Don't mess with us': history-making Korean American congresswomen fight back against racial bias
"This should not have to be said, but I want to be very clear. No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus does not discriminate, it affects everyone," Kim testified.

"Combating hate is not a partisan issue. We can all agree that violence against any community should never be tolerated," Steel later added.

Kim and Steel are the first Republican Korean American women to ever serve in Congress, sworn in along with history-making Rep. Marilyn Strickland of Washington state, a Democrat of Korean descent, in January.

"We are tough cookies. We're tiger moms. Don't mess with us," Kim said with a smile during an interview alongside Steel on Capitol Hill ahead of the hearing.

... Dealing with racial bias is par for the course for both Kim and Steel, especially since entering politics.

Steel said she's been on the receiving end of ugly racism since she won a seat on the California State Board of Equalization in 2006, which oversees several state taxes.

"The worst one was 'we don't eat dogs like you do,'" recalled Steel. She cleaned up another slur as "racist bitch" and said -- tongue in cheek -- that her "favorite" attack was someone calling her "Chairman Mao."

"You just ignore it. You do the better job. You have more enemies out there. Especially if these people are not really enemies, but they try to find somebody that they can blame," Steel said.
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Trump's first tweet about a 'Chinese virus' caused an increase of anti-Asian hashtags on Twitter, study finds
  • Anti-Asian sentiment on Twitter spiked after Trump used the term "Chinese virus" on March 16, 2020.
  • UC San Francisco researchers analyzed posts from the week before and after Trump's tweet.
  • Asians in America have been targeted seemingly because the coronavirus was first found in China.
At the time, Trump defended his use of the term. "Because it comes from China. It's not racist at all," he told a reporter on March 18, referring to the fact that the novel coronavirus was first found in Wuhan, China.

The use of terms like "Chinese virus" and "kung flu," which Trump publicly said at a rally in June, have come alongside a rise in racist sentiment toward Asians in the US.

An Ipsos survey conducted in late April found that more than 30% of Americans had witnessed someone blaming people of Asian descent for the coronavirus pandemic.
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