Hate shut-in my once proud and confident Asian-American mother.
It’s not because of the virus, but because Kovid-19 continues to rage in my home state of California. Because she is absolutely sure that as a lustful old Asian woman she will be a victim of violence.
Is this America he has left his homeland?
After the horrific news of the Atlanta shooting broke, I got stuck in this warm rage while following events from afar in Hong Kong. I can’t hug my American family and friends. I can only communicate online through the screen and doomscroll.
I have been told that six of the eight people shot in three separate locations were Asian women, although it was too early to call Tuesday’s shooting a heinous crime.
I have been told that the alleged shooter was having a “bad day” and was suffering from “sexual addiction” after the murder of an innocent Asian woman while working to support herself or their family.
This is the kind of thinking that feeds this sick stereotype that Asian Americans are “absolutely fine” and not targeted by racist violence.
How many more members of the community will be attacked, attacked or killed before they are widely recognized?
Look at the statistics. According to research from the Center for Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, the epidemic of hate crimes against Asia in America has increased by 150%.
A new study from Stop API Hate this week found that there were about 3,700 anti-Asia incidents last year, with 686% of cases targeting women.
Protesters wearing masks and signs took part in a rally on March 13, 2021 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California to raise awareness about anti-Asian violence.
There has been a growing attack on Asian Americans, especially older members of the community who are now scared to leave home
In February last year, my mother began to isolate herself during the outbreak to avoid the comments and stare she received while wearing an outdoor mask.
He told me at Facetime with a self-deprecating goat, “This is also the season of allergies.
But the micro-aggression continues: people cough from its general side, someone says “you must be a resident of Uhan”, another asks, “Why are Asians so embarrassed?”
As the epidemic continues to drag on, these kinds of casual slurs have taken the form of the next level of bigotry. As the number of heinous crimes against Asian-Americans has increased, senior Asian citizens have been snatched, cut and killed.
And I find myself dreaming of being able to teleport my mother to Asia.
He can wear a mask without judging.
She can go to her favorite beef noodle restaurant without fear of being knocked out.
He could be alone and, perhaps, even honored.
To lift her spirits this morning, I sent her a viral video from a local news report from San Francisco. An elderly Asian woman defended herself against a man who attacked her. The images put him on a stretcher in an injured condition.
But whatever I wanted to do as a “equalizer” moment of street justice, my mother saw it as another tragic example of hatred and discrimination.
He cites details in the video to show how the attacker lay on a stretcher and the woman screamed while receiving medical treatment, leaving her wounds and her trauma alone.
My mother told me, “I could be this poor old lady.”
And he’s absolutely fine.
He wrote, “Please pray for my family and the families affected by this shooting.”
Gonzalez was able to meet with her husband just after midnight on Tuesday night and told the New York Times that he had urged her to continue fighting. He reminded her that they planned to celebrate their daughter’s tenth birthday next week and he described her as “a devoted father, very loving.”
Gonzalez told the Washington Post that at least one bullet was inside Hernandez-Ortiz’s abdomen and that it was currently too risky for doctors to remove it, but doctors said there were positive signs that he would recover.
He praised his resilience, noting that he came from Guatemala a decade ago and worked his way up to open his own business.
“He has come a long way and has come a long way. That’s why I believe he will survive,” he said. “He is strong and optimistic, and that is what can help him overcome this.