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Guest Opinion: Speak out, speak up, and stop the Asian hate

Original post made on Mar 25, 2021

I pray that we get past this racism and these economically hard times. And I'm glad that I haven't heard about any recent anti-Asian crime here. We all just need to speak out, speak up and do the right thing. And stop the Asian hate.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 25, 2021 at 7:52 pm

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"Racism in and of itself is a mental illness"..... Frank Lynn:

I lived and worked in Asia Fifteen years.
During the early and mid 90's Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the house, was trashing China and the Chinese all over the place. I was on the other end of that trashing Pelosi was engaged in. It was not called racism in the 90's, today it is called racism. I married Chines girl in Beijing 1992. When she received authorization to immigrate to America, I came with her, because single Asian women entering US customs were harassed insulted, and abused.

Posted by don
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 27, 2021 at 9:47 am

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You're buying the story without thinking it through. I haven't yet seen evidence that there's even an increase in reported crimes against Asians, never mind an actual increase of crimes against Asians. But to the extent there is either increased reporting or increased violence, it isn't because Trump called the disease that started in China "the Chinese disease". It's because Democrats immediately started shouting that Trump would cause a backlash against the Chinese. Look around you. There's no rabid anti-Chinese sentiment suddenly being expressed anywhere. It's nothing like WWII or 9/11, and I can't believe you thought they were comparable. The people making a big deal of this are pointing to isolated incidents that, even if they did reflect a trend -- even that minor requirement has not been demonstrated -- they don't show even in the smallest way that the trend is caused by racism.

But the people getting up in arms don't think they need to show racism because they're the racists: if a person of race A attacks a person of race B, then the only possible cause is racism because "everyone knows" people of race A are racists. Stop letting them get away with this nonsense. They are the source of today's racial divide and have no interest in healing it.

Posted by Monday
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm

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Within the year, there have been almost 4,000 reported crimes in the US, with some being physically assaulted, maimed, killed, verbally abused, pushed into train tracks, etc. -- many aimed at elders, some were over age 90. A US war veteran of Chinese descent wore his Army veteran's ballcap proudly at the bus stop and was threatened by another veteran to "take off that hat -- do you want me to hurt you?"
Here is one example: Web Link

Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 27, 2021 at 10:14 pm

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Then you are not looking. There is an obvious increase in public statistics in crimes against asians. I won't even bother posting links because they are abundantly available.

Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 28, 2021 at 8:50 am

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BobB. Please post the links. I don't seem to be able to find them.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 28, 2021 at 9:23 am

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Precedence setting Chinese:

United States V. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. (1898), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court which held that "a child born in the United States, of parents of Chinese descent who, at the time of his birth, are as the decision requires. subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicile and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China", automatically became a U.S. citizen at birth, this decision established an important precedent in its interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Any child born in the United States is a U.S. citizen from birth, with the sole exception of children born to a parent or parents with diplomatic immunity, since such parent is not a "subject to the US law"

For the full story, Google Wong Kim Ark, born 1873, at age 21 denied entry into the U.S.

Posted by buklau
a resident of Avila
on Mar 28, 2021 at 11:26 am

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Who's doing most of the attacks on asians (per capita) in California? It must be those pesky Caucasian females.

Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 28, 2021 at 8:41 pm

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BobB. Again, please post the links. They are not abundantly available as you said. Help us understand.

Posted by myy
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 29, 2021 at 10:36 am

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For those interested, here's a few links that go into detail regarding the increase in Anti-Asian violence/discrimination since the pandemic began:

Pew Research group came out with a survey which found 31% of those Asians surveyed reported anti-Asian slurs/attacks through 7/1/2020:
Web Link

Psychology today also posted their results:
Web Link

From the group STOP AAPI Hate - they conducted their own survey and found a 150% increase in anti-Asian incidents in 2020 vs. previous years. Also notable is the fact that overall, hate crimes against other groups actually decreased over the same time period:
Web Link wrote an article describing an increase in escorts for elderly Asians in urban areas as a result of anti-Asian violence:
Web Link

There are many more, but if one wants to search for their own links, just type in "anti asian hate " and follow the links. It's pretty simple.

Posted by myy
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 29, 2021 at 10:52 am

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More links:

From CSUSB, (Cal State University, San Bernardino), which has a research institute devoted to the study of hate crimes, released their own report on 3/21/21 and found dramatic increases in anti-Asian crimes from 2019 to 2020:
Web Link

One other note - many of these reports state that these surveys only deal with reported incidents. It's very well known that the Asian-American community has a tendency to NOT report incidents of hate, so in all likelihood, these surveys are an UNDERCOUNT of the actual number of incidents.

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 29, 2021 at 4:42 pm

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John, it would appear you aren't looking very hard for links. We'll add to those shared already. Web Link

And from the National Library of Medicine there's this: Web Link

And of course there's Berkeley, right in our own backyard. Web Link

And then there's this coming again from Berkeley: Web Link

So you see, John, it's there if you are sincere about finding it. Or you can adopt the head-burying-in-the-sand approach, assume because it has't touched you or your friends and family directly, it isn't real. Only it is. Abundantly.

Posted by Doc
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

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@Don supplied the most articulate and cogent response in this thread. I am tired of the default cry of racism whenever two people of different descent have any type of disagreement or dispute. Racism is not a white problem, an Asian problem, a black problem, or any one type of [insert race here] problem. The sooner we all stop crying wolf when someone hurts our feelings and start treating everyone with respect the sooner we can move off of the conflated racism narrative and get back to loving thy neighbor. I miss the days when rugged individualism was accepted, when debate was considered healthy and necessary, and when living in harmony could be achieved by talking openly about differences.

In sum, I offer this recommendation from Stephen Covey's Habit number five: Seek first to understand then to be understood. Perhaps if we all took a moment to listen more, talk less, and reflect (instead of bicker) we would find ourselves celebrating differences and uniting around the things that matter and the things that lift us.

Vivat Jesus!

Posted by Monday
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 30, 2021 at 7:26 pm

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When groups of people are targeted and viciously killed/attacked specifically because of their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, I consider it a hate crime. It's obvious to me that most of these random violent acts against Asian elders who are being attacked/killed, is a result of racism and hate. These cowardly attackers spew racist remarks, attack and run; they are not taking purses or wallets.

Yes, using the default word of racism whenever two people of different descent having disputes is wearing to hear, but not in the cases noted above. Racism is the correct definition.

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