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Distressed by the rise in xenophobia and racism during the coronavirus pandemic, a coalition of Asian American groups based in California have created a reporting webpage for victims of virus-related hate crimes.

Trump’s remarks are inflaming an already tense situation, said Russell Jeung, chairman and professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University.

“Statements by elected officials, such as President Trump labeling COVID-19 as the ‘Chinese virus,’ fuel xenophobia,” Jeung said.

“In our research on news articles, we see that following inflammatory comments there’s an increase of racist incidents against Asian Americans.

Michael Cabanatuan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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