|Protesting Against Asian Hate Crimes (biz.chosun.com)|
After the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Asian hate crimes in the United States (US) are becoming more serious. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, the number of crimes targeting Asians in 16 major US cities has increased about 148% compared to last year. These crimes are happening regardless of age, region, and income level, and the most frequent type of crime is violence towards Asians. At the end of March, a man was charged with causing a disturbance with dangerous weapons at a convenience store run by Koreans in North Carolina. Moreover, the types of crimes are becoming more diverse, including verbal violence and property damage. Many Americans are using racist language, and they are also intentionally damaging the private property of Asians. Some critics blame former US President Donald Trump for these crimes as he frequently referred to COVID-19 as “China virus” or “Kung flu” (a combination of Chinese martial arts Kungfu and flu). Asian politicians are combating hatred against Asians by sticking together. Ironically, the election rate of Asians in the US is continuously increasing, and this indicates that Asians have realized the importance of solving racism through political ways. On March 30th, US President Joe Biden announced plans to address rising racism towards Asians. Worldwide attention is becoming necessary, and stronger measures should be set to deal with this growing problem.
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