An elderly Thai immigrant dies after being shoved to the ground. A Filipino-American is slashed in the face with a box cutter. A Chinese woman is slapped and then set on fire. These are just examples of recent violent attacks on Asian Americans, part of a surge in abuse since the start of the pandemic a year ago. From being spat on and verbally harassed to incidents of physical assault, there have been thousands of reported cases in recent months. Advocates and activists say these are hate crimes, and often linked to rhetoric that blames Asian people for the spread of Covid-19.
An 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, California, died last month after being violently shoved to the ground during his morning walk.
In Oakland, California, a 91-year-old senior was shoved to the pavement from behind.
An 89-year-old Chinese woman was slapped and set on fire by two people in Brooklyn, New York.
A stranger on the New York subway slashed a 61-year-old Filipino American passenger’s face with a box cutter.
Asian American restaurant employees in New York City told the New York Times they now always go home early for fear of violence and harassment.
An Asian American butcher shop owner in Sacramento, California found a dead cat – likely intended for her – left in the store’s parking lot; police are investigating it as a hate crime.
An Asian American family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel, California, was berated with racist slurs by a Trump-supporting tech executive.
Several Asian Americans home owners say they’ve been abused with racial slurs and had rocks thrown at their houses.