Alarming Escalation of anti-Asian American Assaults Nationwide
“We’re in a state of siege almost,” said Dr. Russell Jeung, the co-founder of Stop Asian-American Pacific Islander Hate.
The nonprofit social organization has tracked more than 3,000 reports of hate crimes and speech against Asian-Americans since the start of the pandemic.
“We’re being objectified and being treated as sub-human,” Jeung said.
"We Shouldn't Have to Prove We're American Just to Stay Safe Here"
“I try to head off some of the assumptions and stereotypes,” said Natalie Keng, an Atlanta native.” I thought it was something I would never hear again.”
Keng’s family, who is Chinese, has been in America for six generations. She owns Chinese Southern Belle, an inclusive cooking experience that merge food and culture.
Keng said the current events are a painful reminder of parts of her youth when she would dress up or try to alter her appearance to hide her identity. It’s something she’s found herself doing more recently.
“I have some American flag t-shirts and things that say ‘Georgia, USA’ or ‘I love America’ and I just instinctively put those out and have been wearing them more,” she said.