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  • National advocacy coalition Stop AAPI reported a total of 6,603 hate incidents against Asian and Pacific Islanders from March 2020 to March 2021.
  • Women reported 64.8 percent of total hate incidents.
  • “It is impossible to ignore the history of misogyny and sexualized violence that has long been part of the experience of Asian American women,” Cynthia Choi, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, told CBS News.

The number of reported anti-Asian hate incidents in the U.S. has soared over the past year, with the majority of incidents reported by women. 

National advocacy coalition Stop AAPI reported a total of 6,603 hate incidents against Asian and Pacific Islanders between mid-March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began to escalate in the U.S., to March 2021. 


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Of the total number of hate incidents, 4,193 occurred in 2020 and 2,410 in 2021. 

The data consists of self-reported incidents reported by victims and bystanders to Stop AAPI through the group’s online web portal. Hate incidents include verbal harassment, physical assaults, civil rights violations and online harassment. 

The report also showed that the majority of hate instances were reported by women. 

Women reported 64.8 percent of total incidents. 

One reported incident detailed how a woman was ordering food at a restaurant and a man tried to hit her in the face. 

“She was able to avoid him, but he yelled a bunch of slurs — ‘Go back to China!’ and ‘Corona!’ — at her before he ran out,” the report said

Verbal harassment made up more than 65 percent of hate incidents, while shunning made up 18 percent, and physical assaults were more than 12 percent. 

“It is impossible to ignore the history of misogyny and sexualized violence that has long been part of the experience of Asian American women,” Cynthia Choi, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, told Changing America.

“In many of the incidents, women described being sexually harassed and facing racism simultaneously — showcasing how COVID-19 is being weaponized as part of sexual harassment,” Choi said. 

Hate crimes and discrimination against Asians have surged due to the coronavirus pandemic and its suspected origins from Wuhan, China. 

Just this week, two elderly Asian women were stabbed in San Francisco while waiting for a bus. 


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Published on May 07, 2021