Read or watch the news and, sadly, you see anti-Asian hate incidents are still happening in many parts of the country.
In mid-July, an Asian couple were pistol-whipped and had a watch stolen in broad daylight in a San Gabriel Valley, California, grocery parking lot. In July, a man in New York was indicted for throwing an unidentified liquid, spitting and yelling at two Asian women in a subway station. That same month, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission reported that in 2020 and 2021, anti-Asian incidents increased in the state by almost 200% overall and that anti-Asian bias crimes increased by 300%.
In early August, an entire mini-mall of seven businesses in Little Saigon in Oakland, California, was burglarized and ransacked. And one of our former 3AF members, Greg Chew, who is a former San Francisco arts commissioner, was brutally attacked and beaten Aug. 2 just blocks from his home. The list goes on and on.
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing consumer segment, and the issue of anti-Asian hate is top of mind for us. It is critical that our community is covered in the media and that something is done about these heinous attacks.
With the country’s increased focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, luckily there is a greater realization of the value diverse segments bring to our community. This is 2022, everyone! Attacks on anyone because of their race, culture, sexual orientation or views should not be tolerated—ever.