And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.
“When I go out, I’m afraid of people attacking me.”
Anna Ng, a 51-year-old Chinese American woman who was the victim of a coronavirus-related hate crime last month, speaks out. A group of teenage girls attacked her on a Bronx bus, calling her “coronavirus” and hitting her over the head with an umbrella. Three of the attackers were arrested and charged hate crime assaults, menacing and harassment. A fourth attacker remains at large.
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Fort Smith Buddhist Temple Vandalized
In Fort Smith, Texas, a man was caught vandalizing several statues inside a Buddhist temple. Police found 21-year-old Shawn Michael Israel holding a hammer, smashing a statue. When asked if he was on something, Israel reportedly replied, “Nothing, I’m sober. Look sir, I’m not trying to be disrespectful, thou shall not lie. It’s a false idol, it’s a false monument.” Three statues of Buddha were destroyed, with damage estimates in the thousands of dollars. Israel was charged with felony criminal mischief.
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Chinese-Americans, Facing Abuse, Unite to Aid Hospitals
“Throughout New York and New Jersey, small groups from the Chinese-American community are uniting to fight the pandemic in this country even as they face racist remarks and some physical attacks. Using mostly WeChat, they are creating vast networks and rallying their contacts here and in China to procure supplies for doctors and nurses in need.”
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Andrew Yang Sets Launch of Issues-Oriented Podcast ‘Yang Speaks’
Former U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang plans to launch a new podcast, “Yang Speaks.” Slated for May 2020, the weekly show will broadly cover the future of the U.S. economy and society. It will feature in-depth discussions with “thought-leaders” on a range of topics including tech, public policy, sports, entertainment and pop culture.
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