25 May 2024
Elderly Asian people in America are constantly attacked 3

Elderly Asian people in America are constantly attacked 3

Many assaults on elderly Asian people, including at least three in the Bay Area, California, have raised concerns about racism due to Covid-19.

At a press conference in Chinatown, Oakland city on February 8, Alameda County prosecutor Nancy O’Malley announced the establishment of a special response unit to target crimes against Asian people, especially tall people.

`The rapid increase in crimes against members of the Asian community, especially Chinese Americans, living and working in Alameda County, is inexcusable,` she said.

The new unit was formed after two nearly identical attacks in Northern California last week and a series of incidents in Oakland’s Chinatown.

Elderly Asian people in America are constantly attacked

A 91-year-old man was pushed to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown on January 31.

In San Francisco, Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man, died after being suddenly attacked while jogging in the morning on January 28.

In nearby Oakland’s Chinatown, police said a stranger also knocked down and injured a 91-year-old man, a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman at noon on January 31.

`Not just Chinatown or the Asian community, we’ve seen an increase in crime across the city and the country, but anti-Asian crimes have especially increased in the past few weeks,` Ms. O’

A 28-year-old man has been charged with three felonies in the above attacks.

The above incidents do not appear to be directly related to each other and there is no evidence of the perpetrators’ motives.

Elderly Asian people in America are constantly attacked

`It’s heartbreaking and unfortunate, this is a trend that we’ve seen over the past year regarding anti-Asian violence and much of it stems from the rhetoric that we’ve seen related to Covid

The anti-Asian wave partly stems from former president Donald Trump, who repeatedly called nCoV the `Chinese virus`, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) naming the disease Covid-19.

In fact, a large number of Asian Americans say they have experienced racism and discrimination related to the pandemic.

Attacks on elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area, California, have brought to the surface long-simmering issues.

A widely shared video from Vietnamese activist Amanda Nguyen highlights many incidents that she believes are racist against Asian people.

Wu, who grew up in the Bay Area, said he launched the award to draw national attention to the plight of Asian Americans.

`We are being targeted as easy targets,` he said.

Actor Daniel Wu at a press conference in Oakland’s Chinatown area on February 8.

Prosecutor O’Malley admitted the anti-Asian tone had a serious impact.

`Things like calling this the Chinese virus increases hatred, hatred, sometimes it’s just words but many times it’s attacks or crimes of all kinds,` she said.

Des To, owner of Alice Street Bakery in Oakland’s Chinatown, said recent attacks in her neighborhood may also be related to Lunar New Year.

`They know Tet is coming and people will go out shopping, carrying a lot of cash, so I believe every year there will usually be many robberies on this occasion,` she said.

President Joe Biden’s administration has chosen a different approach from his predecessor to address this issue.

The memo directs the Department of Health and Human Services to consider issuing Covid-19 guidance to improve language access and sensitivity for AAPI communities.

CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki on February 8 whether the Biden administration would take further steps to address this issue and whether the President had seen the video of the attacks.

`I don’t know if he’s seen the videos, but he’s concerned about discrimination, actions against the Asian American community, that’s why he signed the executive order and frankly

Anh Ngoc (According to CNN)

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