Let’s have each others’ backs. Source: Adobe stock image, licensed by Ravi Chandra In this post, I'm going to review and analyze the racism currently affecting Asian Americans, and suggest some psychological reasons why racism is particularly impactful for Asian Americans. Finally, I will offer some broad guidelines on what we can do to face racism and racist incidents. (For the full discussion, see the appended videos from talks given May 9 and 13.) Almost 1500 incidents of verbal and physical discrimination or harassment against Asian Americans were reported in the four weeks after STOP AAPI HATE began collecting data on March 19, 2020. Women reported harassment over twice as often as men. Nine percent of incidents targeted those 60 and older. Incidents were reported in nearly every state, but incidents in California and New York were 58% of the total. My guess is that incidents were likely underreported. Asian Americans have been targeted by violence. A woman in Brooklyn had acid poured on her. An Asian American family in Texas was attacked by a man wielding a knife. A male nurse in New York City was forced off a subway car by a man who screamed that he was… Read full this story
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