Hate Crimes Against Asian American On The Rise

Kenny Doan

As the recent series of attacks against Asian Americans increase, especially on the elderly, calls for action and activism are arising to raise awareness regarding the possible rise of attacks against Asian Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. One of the recent cases involved 84 year old Vicha Ratanapakdee being shoved to the ground by 19 year old Antoine Watson while Ratanapakdee was taking his morning walks in San Francisco. Two days after the assault, Vicha Ratanapakdee passed away from his injuries. Watson has since been charged with murder and elder abuse, pleading not guilty. 

Another hate crime that occurred during the pandemic happened in Queens, NYC. A man and his son were yelled at by a stranger who said, “Where’s your [explicit] mask, you Chinese [explicit]?” The stranger proceeded to follow the man and his son to a packed bus stop and tried to hit the man over the head. The man was later charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime. 

These are just only a few of the many incidents of physical violence against Asian Americans within the recent weeks across the United States. 

According to the report, “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions,” anti-Asian hate incidents increased dramatically in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and then surged after the election of Donald Trump. South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Middle Eastern communities all faced recurring cycles of harassment and violence. Following the pandemic, anti-Asian hate incidents primarily are directed to East Asian communities and since then, the statistics have skyrocketed.


History of Anti-Asian Racism and Discrimination

Firstly, let’s go back in history on anti-Asian racism and discrimination. In 1898, Wong Kim Ark challenged the Supreme Court after immigration officers barred his entry to the United States as an excludable Chinese person, considering Wong Kim Ark was born in the United States. Wong Kim Ark was challenged by the Immigration Bureau, which according to the Immigration Bureau, assumed that no Chinese person could hold U.S. citizenship. Then on February 19, 1942, two months after the Pearl Harbor attack by Japan’s military against the United States, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which forced the imprisonment of people who assumed to have Japanese nationality. This is just one of the known historical events against the Asian community. 


Solutions and What You Can Do

As the anti-Asian hate crimes continue to rise, we can spread news and awareness about what you can do to stop the rising reports of Anti-Asian hate crimes. 

  • If you have a hate incident report, you can help by documenting the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans by going to STOP AAPI HATE to report an incident.
  • Of course, you don’t need to be Asian American to care for the elderly. Many people volunteered to protect (even for 24/7) the elderly after they have been attacked.
  • Many news about anti-Asian hate crimes have appeared in accounts such as NextShark. You can repost via stories to spread the news and awareness!

We can stop the rise of the anti-Asian hate crimes, especially to the elderly and those who would likely become easy targets in public. If you ever witness a hate crime, be sure to ask for assistance if they are injured and report the incident via STOP AAPI HATE!