What the wave of anti-Asian violence reveals about America

Asian Americans exist in a weird but convenient lacuna in US politics and culture - racialised and yet not fitting into the standard American narrative of race.

Demonstrators with signs taking part in a rally last Saturday near Chinatown in Los Angeles to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence. PHOTO: AFP

(NYTIMES) A 23-year-old Korean woman in New York was punched in the face last March and accused of having the coronavirus. More incidents followed as the virus spread, with Asian-Americans spat on, beaten, slashed, even attacked with chemicals.

In response to pandemic-related violence like this, advocacy organisations came together to document cases of harassment and vitriol against Asian-Americans.

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