40% occurred in California
Asian Americans have reported over 1,500 reports of Coronavirus racism in the past month.
According to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center, incidents in California and New York constituted over 58% of all reports.
40% of the incidents (600) occurred in California alone, with almost half happening in the Bay area.
Incidents at private businesses accounted for 44% of those reported whilst 9% were reported by seniors (over 60s).
Earlier this month, the hate tracker showed that Asian women were being harassed twice as much as men. It now suggests that Asian women are being attacked 2.3 times more than Asian men.
“The volume of incident reports continues to be concerning. But, beyond the sheer numbers, we hear the impact of hate in the pain, humiliation, trepidation and fear in the voices of AAPIs today.” stated Manjusha Kulkarni, executive director of Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON).
“This is a widespread problem with significant ramifications for our communities.”
Whilst the numbers are alarming, the report suggests that many attacks are still going unreported.
“Even with the high number of reports we have received, we know this is just a snapshot of what AAPI’s are experiencing on a daily basis and we can expect the situation to worsen as the antiChina, anti-Chinese rhetoric becomes normalized,” said Cynthia Choi co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA).
“We know too well how this will all play out – fear mongering and xenophobia will lead to more attacks against AAPIs.”
In related news, a 15-year-old Asian American has donated 11,200 masks to her local hospital in Texas in an effort to dispel Coronavirus racism.