On the surge of hate crimes against Asian, Asian-Americans and Pacific-Islanders (AAPI), we want to share updated data and resources with our community.
According to Stop AAPI Hate’s March 2021 national report, 3,795 incidents of discrimination against AAPIs were reported from March 19 to February 28, 2021 via the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center. Below are a few highlights. Visit the Stop AAPI Hate National Report or the full national report and other reports.
Verbal harassment (68.1%) and shunning (20.5%) (i.e., the deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans) make up the two largest proportions of the total incidents reported.
Physical assault (11.1%) comprises the third largest category of the total incidents. Civil rights violations — e.g., workplace discrimination, refusal of service, and being barred from transportation — account for 8.5% of the total incidents.
Chinese are the largest ethnic group (42.2%) that report experiencing hate, followed by Koreans (14.8%), Vietnamese (8.5%), and Filipinos (7.9%).
Women report hate incidents 2.3 times more than men.
Businesses are the primary site of discrimination (35.4%), followed by public streets (25.3%), and public parks (9.8%). Online incidents account for 10.8% of the total incidents.
Below is a list of action items and resources to address the current racism pandemic against AAPI.
1. Report Hate Crimes against Asian Americans
https://stopaapihate.org/ (12 languages)
https://www.standagainsthatred.org/report (5 languages)
Local and other reporting sites: https://movementhub.org/get-help/
2. Assistance with legal and social services through the Stop Hate hotline:
(Asian Americans Advancing Justice partnered with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and their Stop Hate project)
3. Know your rights
(1) Legal rights to be treated fairly and without discrimination: Federal and State laws and government sites to file a complaint (organized by states)
(2) Your rights if you are stopped by police, immigration agents, or the FBI (Resource provided by American Civil Liberties Union).
4. Bystander Intervention training (against harassment)
5. Self-defense and Personal safety training
6. Civic Engagement: Collective justice and shared liberation
7. Culture Surge: an artists and culture makers’ coalition for justice, care and connection.
8. Other action ideas: Host a panel discussion, lead a community safety audit, create a survey for research, create Mud Stencils, hold a Chalk Walk, create a Guerrilla-Style Video about Street Harassment, organize a Protest or March, initiate legislative advocacy, host workshops, host a film screening, host Fund raising
STOP AAPI Hate: https://stopaapihate.org/actnow/
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: https://advancingjustice-aajc.org
AAPI Civic Engagement Fund: https://movementhub.org/donate/
American Civil Liberties Union https://www.aclu.org/
10. Share additional resources with others
The current list of resources above in Korean:
In solidarity and support,
The AAAFSC board: Tamara Bhalla, Fan Yang, Soonhee Lee, Aditya Desai, Shuyan Sun