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From the start of the city’s coronavirus crisis in February 2020, the city’s Commission on Human Rights received more than 566 reports of discrimination, harassment, and bias related to COVID-19, 184 of which were anti-Asian in nature.

Nicole Javorsky A new public art campaign by the city celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander (API) New Yorkers and expresses solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The NYC Commission on Human Rights and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, one of the commission’s two 2020-2021 Public Artists in Residence (PAIR), launched the campaign in part to combat the uptick in bias incidents related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, by contrast, the Commission received just 26 reports of anti-Asian discrimination over the same time period.

As the text on one of her artworks reads in peach-colored capitalized letters, “WE CAN DO MORE.”Phingbodhipakkiya says she also hopes that seeing the works in the art campaign will invite folks to speak up more and talk about experiences with discrimination, bias, or harassment.

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