One of the unfortunate side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a surge in xenophobic and racist attacks against Americans of Asian descent.
Of these, 184 targeted Asian and Asian-American people, more than seven times the number of complaints received over the same time period last year.
Another is that the station connects historically Black and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) neighborhoods like Chinatown, Koreatown, Sunset Park, Crown Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Several of Phingbodhipakkiya’s panels are dedicated to expressing solidarity with the Black community’s struggle for justice and equality.
If you have witnessed or experienced discrimination or harassment in New York City, you can report the incident by calling 212-416-0197 or online at the commission’s website.