“I heard somebody shouted an obscenity: ‘F— You!, very loudly,” said author and journalist Jeff Yang from his Ladera Heights home.
Yang shared his encounter online and it immediately caught fire as others chimed in with their own similarly disturbing stories.
Yang also immediately noticed the division his story caused online with several, predominantly white people, doubting his experience.
Asians are not really being targeted, and you’re all trying to become victims,” Yang said, relating some of the comments he received.
“And then African Americans were mostly saying, ‘Yeah, we believe you because this is what we deal with all the time.’”Gregg Orton, director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, points to the bigger trend of hundreds of cases of violence against Asian Americans that has occurred since the pandemic started.