Since the start of the year, nearly 250 bias incident complaints have been reported to the commision, officials said.
After Niou, the only Asian woman in the state legislature, appeared on a segment of PBS’ MetroFocus discussing the issue in late March, victims flooded her inbox and phone.
The state attorney general’s office, through its new hate crimes hotline, is also seeing an influx of calls complaining of hate crimes or bias incidents.
‘Pretty Horrific’Questions over accounting of hate incidents has led some groups to take the task into their own hands.
“For some reason, hate crimes against Asian American community and the potential of that wasn’t taken seriously,” said Yoo.