Over 9,000 Anti-Asian Incidents Reported in the U.S. Since Pandemic Started, Report Finds

Over 9,00 anti-Asian incidents have been reported across the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a national report released on Aug. 12.

Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that tracks incidents of hate and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, said that they received 9,081 incidents from March 19, 2020 to June 30, 2021, with 4,548 occurred in 2020 and 4,533 occurred in 2021.

The report noted that the numbers increased from 6,603 to 9,081 during the last three months of the reporting period.

The report showed that despite a decrease in verbal harassment and shunning or deliberate avoidance, they continue to make up the two largest portions of the total incidents reported at 63.7% and 16.5% respectively.

The report noted that a majority of the incidents are “traumatic and harmful, but not hate crimes.”

The report also found that women reported a majority of the incidents at 63.3% and that Chinese reported more incidents than all ethnic groups at 43.5%.

According to the report, 48.1% of the incidents included at least one hateful remark regarding anti-Chinese and anti-immigrant rhetoric, such as “Kung Flu” and “Go back to where you came from!”

The report further revealed that California reported the largest number of hate incidents at 38.6%.

Majority of the hate incidents occurred in public spaces — 31.6% in public streets while 30.1% in businesses.

“Our data clearly shows that Asian Americans across the country continue to be attacked, and that the hate incidents that we have been tracking since March 2020 are not going away,” Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Manjusha Kulkarni said, as quoted by USA Today.

The rise of reported hate incidents came despite increased social activism and political action, including the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act signed by President Joe Biden last May.

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