TRACKING ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE
Created by Aedan Yohannan & Ishani Chettri
April 12, 2021
“Stop killing us,” pleaded Amanda Nguyen, an Asian American civil rights advocate and social entrepreneur, “we are literally fearing for our lives as we walk out of our door.” Testimonies like these have become far too common in recent months, following what has been a staggering increase in anti-Asian hate crimes. Even though overall hate crimes around the country declined, just around 7%, in 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes in major US cities shot up significantly by almost 150%, according to police department data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University. Urban areas like New York City, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area have seen the largest spikes with incidents of assault and vandalism rocking these already hard-hit communities...