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Swelling Anti-Asian Violence: Who Is Being Attacked Where

The New York Times report and visualization: “Over the last year, in an unrelenting series of episodes with clear racial animus, people of Asian descent have been pushed, beaten, kicked, spit on and called slurs. Homes and businesses have been vandalized. The violence has known no boundaries, spanning generations, income brackets and regions. The New York Times attempted to capture a sense of the rising tide of anti-Asian bias nationwide. Using media reports from across the country, The Times found more than 110 episodes since March 2020 in which there was clear evidence of race-based hate. There have been many more attacks on people of Asian descent in which hate is not a clear motivation the way it is when racial slurs are used. Those cases include the fatal attack of a Thai man in January, as well as the assaults of a 91-year-old man in Oakland’s Chinatown and a 89-year-old woman in Brooklyn. Those episodes, and other brutal high-profile attacks, have terrified the Asian community. But there is no ambiguity about the cases The Times collected: These are assaults in which the assailants expressed explicit racial hostility with their language, and in which nearly half included a reference to the coronavirus: “You are the virus.” “You are infected.” “Go back to China.” “You’re the one who brought the virus here.”..”

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