Violence against Asian Americans continues

Acts of violence targeting Americans of Asian descent have continued to rise across the United States.

A 65-year-old Asian American woman sustained injuries in New York City on Monday after a man suddenly assaulted her. Videos from security cameras show the man stamped on her multiple times after knocking her to the ground. He also made anti-Asian remarks.

The New York City Police Department's Hate Crimes Force said a 38-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with a felony assault as a hate crime.

Videos posted on social media showed witnesses at the scene did not help her, and drew much criticism. One of them was shown shutting the door while the attacker walked away.

On March 16, a 21-year-old man shot eight people dead in the southern state of Georgia. Six of the victims were of Asian descent. His motives are still under investigation.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visited Georgia following the tragedy. In a speech, they condemned hate crimes and denounced racism against Asian Americans.

According to a nonprofit organization that tracks hate incidents against Asians in the United States, there were more than 3,795 such cases in the period of about a year through February.

A study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, revealed that hate crimes against Asian Americans rose almost 2.5-fold from 49 incidents in 2019 to 122 in 2020.

By city, incidents in New York increased more than nine-fold, while the number of cases in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cleveland, Ohio, both tripled. Incidents in Los Angeles, California, have more than doubled. The center says this trend has continued into this year.