TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – University of Toledo Visiting Assistant English Professor and scholarly researcher Joey Kim has watched countless attacks on Asian Americans emerge over the last year.
“The history of xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment is embedded in our history,” said Professor Kim.
According to advocacy group Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate, there have been over 3,000 incidents of attacks on Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic.
Kim says the growing number of hate crimes and murders of Asian Americans should be seen as a countrywide emergency.
“This is an American issue, this is a civil rights issue,” said Kim.