As reports of coronavirus-related attacks against Asian Americans surged in March, prominent civil rights activist and author Helen Zia became alarmed.
To the San Francisco Bay Area resident, the nation looked poised for the worst wave of anti-Asian hostility since World War II.
Within a month, Stop AAPI Hate received almost 1,500 reports of hate incidents.
Forty-two percent came from within California and 94 were from San Francisco.
Asian Americans are now more afraid of being attacked than of getting sick, according to advocates.