It wasn’t the first such hate crime, nor the last, but it did galvanize Asian Americans from disparate backgrounds to unite against anti-Asian racism and attacks.
Now, some of those same advocates who mobilized during the Vincent Chin movement warn that they’re seeing the same sort of scapegoating towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
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The website Stop AAPI Hate has been tracking anti-Asian American discriminatory incidents since mid-March, when social distancing measures started to take effect in the U.S.
For example, one person who contributed to Stop AAPI Hate’s tracking effort said a middle-aged white woman yelled “Chinese virus!” and then threw an empty soda can in their direction.