The tracker received over 1,100 anti-Asian reports in its first two weeks
In its most recent press release, the reporting centre revealed that it received over 1,100 reports of Coronavirus discrimination towards Asian Americans.
Founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, the tracker aims to gather data about the attacks.
The report revealed that a significant amount of attacks occurred in grocery stores, pharmacies and big box retail.
Shockingly, AAPI children were involved in 6.3% of the incidents reported.
The report is available in Vietnamese and Khmer, Vietnamese and Hindi as well as English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai, with Tagalog and a few additional South Asian languages coming soon.
Russell Jeung, Ph.D., chair and professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University said the data will be used to better advise community response.
“The flood of incidents related to anti-Asian hate–over 1,100 and counting–reflect the hostile environment that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face during this pandemic,” Jeung said.
“The data helps us respond to specific community needs and make targeted policy recommendations. These include providing mental health resources to bullied youth and ensuring that stores provide safe access for AAPIs to their goods and services.”
Cynthia Choi co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) added, “our task ahead of us is to provide resources and information for impacted communities. We also need to mobilize community groups and to demand greater accountability from government agencies and leaders to address anti-Asian racism.”
“In times of crisis and longer term, we need to work alongside other communities that are targeted to get at the underlying causes of hate.”
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