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UCLA economist Paul Ong had heard about Asian American businesses dealing with discrimination and harrassment from customers since the early days of the pandemic.

So what we started seeing is people harassing Asians….blaming them for the pandemic,” Ong said.

Asian Americans working in hospitality, retail and service jobs are facing unemployment at higher rates than whites, according to a new UCLA study.

Asian Americans with a high school education or less are filing almost 50% more unemployment claims compared to white people with the same level of education.

Ong also points out that San Francisco State University recorded more than 800 COVID-related hate incidents targeting Asian Americans — primarily in the workplace.

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