‘We shouldn’t have to tolerate it’: More Asian Americans are calling out the racism they experience at work

A march against anti-Asian hate crosses the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the US, on April 4, 2021. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco strongly condemned the continuous anti-Asian hate crimes occurred in Oakland and reminded Chinese citizens in the area to be cautious after two Chinese Americans were killed and several Asian Americans were injured in Oakland, California recently.

For some time, racial discrimination against Asian Americans has become increasingly serious in the US, and related violent crimes have occurred frequently. China expressed profound concern over the violence against people of Asian descent across the US and urged the US to take concrete measures to address issues such as racism and to safeguard the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in the US, said the consulate.

The consulate expressed condolences to the innocent victims and extended sympathy to their families and the injured, according to the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco on Tuesday.

A surveillance video obtained by CBS showed the brazen attempted robbery of an Asian woman in broad daylight in Oakland, the woman was shot fatally and was rushed to a hospital where she died, her identity was confirmed as dentist Xu, according to CBS News on Tuesday.

A Chinese woman living in Pleasanton, US, told the Global Times on Wednesday that she is “very concerned” over the issue of safety. She said the current situation in the regions where she and her family are living is “relatively safe,” but she’s still worried after watching the news about attacks on Chinese Americans.

“I was sleepless yesterday (after watching the news),” she said. She wanted to educate her son to be careful and take self-protective precautions while going out.

Some regions in the US have seen surging hate crimes against the Asian Americans communities. San Francisco officials pledged to better protect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as data showed that the number of people being the victim of an anti-AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) hate crime in the city in 2021 increased by 567 percent compared with 2020, according to a report by the Washington Post in January.

In the past two years, shocking racist crimes against Asian Americans have occurred frequently in the US. On July 14, 2020, in New York City, an 89-year-old Chinese American woman was slapped in the face by two male strangers on the street, and then the two men set her clothes on fire, according to media reports. In November 2021, several Asian students were attacked by a group of teens on a train in Philadelphia, said media reports.

The consulate reminded Chinese citizens especially overseas students and compatriots to increase the awareness to safeguard against discrimination and violence against people of Asian descent. Citizens in need could seek help from the local police and seek consular assistance.