Anti-Asian American Hate during the Pandemic
Updated: Mar 20
While some of us were losing our minds stuck inside during the pandemic, our Asian and Asian-American neighbors were literally fighting for their lives. Below is a very brief look at some of the more violent attacks on Asian-Americans and this is barely the tip of the iceberg. I have focused on physical violence, but there is a lot of social and psychological violence that is being unleashed on the Asian and Asian-American population of this country:
February 13, 2020 – San Fernando Valley, California – A 16-year-old Asian-American High School student is racially bullied and attacked so badly that he had to be rushed to the Emergency Room.
March 14, 2020 – Midland, Texas – An Asian-American family is attacked while shopping in a Sam’s Club. Their attacker stabbed the family, including two children age 2 and 6. Blaming the family for the Coronavirus, their attacker intended to murder them, but was stopped by a store employee.
March 21, 2020 – Naperville, Illinois – While jogging, a 60-year-old Chinese-American man was attacked by two female joggers who spat and threw a log at him while telling him to “go back to China.”
July 14, 2020 – NYC – An 89-year-old Asian-American women was walking when two men attacked her by slapping her in the face and setting her clothes on fire. She was able to put the fire out without injury. The men ran off having not said a word to her before, during, or after the attack.
September 27, 2020 – NYC – Tadataka Unno, a Japanese Jazz Pianist, was beaten by a group of eight people that started at the subway and ended up on the street. Unno was beaten so badly that his career as a pianist is now in question as he must relearn how to use his left hand and is completely unable to use his right hand.
January 28, 2021 – San Francisco, California – Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thailand born man was randomly attacked outside of his home when a teenager charged into him at full speed, knocking him to the ground. The fall sent Ratanapakdee into a coma which he never woke up from.
February 3, 2021 – NYC – Filipino-American, Noel Quintana age 61, is slashed with a box cutter from cheek to cheek while on the subway. He required just under 100 stitches [pictured in this blog post]. During the very public attack, no one came to his aid.
This goes beyond white supremacy as the perpetrators have been Black, Hispanic, and Caucasian. This is also not something new. Anti-Asian sentiment in America has a long and bloody history from the lynching of Chinese men in the 1871 Massacre in Los Angeles to the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 in Detroit up to today.
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
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