At the onset of the novel coronavirus, Asian communities faced an unrelenting wave of xenophobia and anti-Asian racist rhetoric, verbal abuse, and physical violence.
Benny Lee, a councilmember in San Leandro, California, and Janice Zahn, a councilmember in Bellevue, Washington, discussed how xenophobia and anti-Asian racism has affected their Asian residents and communities throughout the pandemic.
He also asked our Chinese residents to report racist incidents to the police.
Will people express their pent-up anger and frustration from so many months of staying home on our Asian community?
Councilmember Lee: On top of speaking out against racism and xenophobia personally, we, as a Council, issued a proclamation denouncing anti-Asian racism and xenophobia.