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Since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in the US, over 3,000 attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have been reported – with many targeting the Bay Area’s elderly population. Misinformation, fear, and politicians’ racist rhetoric tied to COVID’s origins in China have only fueled the sometimes fatal violence against AAPI communities across the country. Cynthia Choi of Stop AAPI Hate and Chinese For Affirmative Action joins us to talk about scapegoating, the data collected on these verbal and physical attacks, and the pressing need for community-led, intersectional public safety initiatives.
Resources from the episode:
- Report an incident to Stop AAPI Hate.
- Volunteer with the Oakland Chinatown Coalition to assist elderly community members with daily activities.
- Request a chaperone or volunteer to chaperone with Compassion In Oakland.
- Support the GoFundMe to cover funeral costs for 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee who died in late January after a brutal beating.
- Contribute to the Asian Pacific Fund’s Solidarity Fund to address anti-Asian sentiment in the Bay Area.
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