Asian Americans grapple with long-term reality as reported hate incidents top 11,000

Asian Americans are adjusting to a new long-term reality as the number of anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents in the United States continues to rise.

The big picture: The anti-Asian hate crisis has given AAPI new visibility, but the harassment and violence has not diminished. The share of Americans who incorrectly blame COVID on people of Asian descent has increased between 2021 and 2022, fueling anxiety over sustained attacks as the world navigates the third year of the coronavirus.

By the numbers: Between March 2020 and March 2022, Stop AAPI Hate documented more than 11,400 self-reported anti-AAPI hate incidents, according to its latest report released Wednesday.

  • 67% of reported incidents involved harassment, such as verbal or written hate speech and discriminatory gestures. 17% involved physical aggression, while 16% took the form of avoidance or avoidance.
  • Public facilities (40%) and businesses (27%) had the highest proportions of reported incidents. Almost one in 10 happened on public transport.
  • 43% of the incidents were against Chinese, the highest percentage among all reported ethnic groups.
  • Women were twice as likely as men to report a hate-motivated incident.
  • California, which has the largest population of AAPIs in the United States, leads the states with the most reported incidents, at more than 4,000. New York came second with about 1,800.

The context: Although the majority of these incidents do not constitute hate crimes and are not investigated or prosecuted as such, they cause “significant fear and trauma”, according to Stop AAPI Hate, which has was founded in response to rising violence.

  • A national survey conducted by Stop AAPI Hate and the Edelman Data & Intelligence team found that one in five Asian Americans and one in five Pacific Islanders experienced a hate incident in 2020 or 2021.
  • Nearly half of Asian Americans who reported a hate incident to Stop AAPI Hate also reported depression or anxiety, according to Wednesday’s report. Almost three-quarters said discrimination was their main source of stress, even ahead of health problems.

What they say : The latest report “reflects what is the new reality for AAPIs, that hate was not simply short-term or solely related to COVID,” said Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and executive director of AAPI. Equity Alliance at Axios.

  • “We are witnessing on all levels an upsurge in white supremacy and the way it is wreaking havoc in our communities.”
  • “This is not a temporary problem, but one that seems long-term and will require more permanent solutions,” she added, citing the need for a national civil rights infrastructure and health services. expanded mind.

To note: Several states have passed bills mandating the AAPI story in schools as part of an effort to address ignorance and hatred. Some have also set aside funding for organizations serving the AAPI.

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