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Latest Asian Americans face dual challenges: Surging unemployment and racism

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At the same time, new research shows that discrimination against Asian Americans is surging.

While hate against Asian Americans first spiked at the outset of the pandemic, it’s continuing to rise.

“When Trump began to insist on the term ‘Chinese virus,’ we saw a spike in the number of anti-Asian hate incidents,” he said.

While experts point to Trump’s rhetoric as one of the main drivers of bias against Asian Americans, they also point to other factors.

She said the overall financial stability of the Asian American population has obscured specific economic struggles among subgroups, even before COVID-19.

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