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The term has been denounced by Asian American groups for provoking racism and retaliation against Asian Americans, Chavez wrote in her memo.

Russell Jeung, chairman and professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, was among those urging the board to pass the resolution.

Chavez noted that in the first week after the reporting center was launched, there had been more than 650 incidents of verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault aimed at Asian American residents.

Dolores Alvarado, CEO of Community Health Partnership, also submitted a letter endorsing the county’s resolution.

Supervisors denounce xenophobia as Asian American groups report more harassmentOrganizations have reported more than 650 incidents targeting Asian Americans in one week in late March

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