As we all know the current situation going on in the Celebrity world, The #StopAsianHate movement that is going on all around which includes social media platforms, where social media users are sharing their own experiences with racism or calling on their followers to speak up and stand up for those who are affected by and vulnerable to racist violence, especially the elderly.
In the past few months, there were many reports registered by Asian. citizens in the United States who have face bullying or racism. one of which was in January, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was assaulted by a young man in San Francisco and died from injuries, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. In Oakland’s Chinatown neighbourhood, there have been more than 20 assaults over the past two weeks, the city’s Chamber of Commerce president, Carl Chan, told The New York Times. Earlier this month, 61-year-old Noel Quintana was injured in the face with a box cutter on the subway in New York. Earlier this week, a 52-year-old woman was attacked outside of a New York City bakery, which got her 10 stitches in her head. There are many other incidents not documented as well.
According to NYPD data, anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by 1,900% in the past year. During the pandemic reported that it has received more than 2,808 firsthand reports of anti-Asian hate from 47 states and Washington, D.C., from March 19 to December 31 last year. More than 7% of those occurrences involved Asian-Americans aged over 60 years old. The impact increased after Donald Trump’s xenophobic messaging, calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” or “Kung flu” because the initial outbreaks were first observed in Wuhan, China.
Cynthia Choi, one of the co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate shared some actionable steps with BAZAAR on ways people can help.
“1. Encourage those who experience or witness acts of hate towards the AAPI community to www.StopAAPIHate.org which is available in 11 different languages.
2.Share resources with your friends and family on what to do if you encounter or witness hate.
3.Be informed about what is happening and why.
4.Be civically engaged in your local community and ask your elected official what they are doing to address racism.
Donate to www.StopAAPIHate.org and a network of organizations dedicated to addressing anti-Asian racism at the local level. Movement Hub, a platform and database for on-the-ground AAPI organizations across the country, is a great resource to find groups to amplify in the community.”