As virus-age attacks on Asians increase, victims of the past look back.

Almost a year after being stabbed in the Midlands, Texas, Sam’s Club, Bavi Kung and his two sons, everyone is looking scarred.

They are invisible ones that are difficult to cross. Kung cannot pass through any store without seeing all the directions continuously in any direction. Her 6-year-old son, who can no longer move an eyebrow, is afraid of sleeping alone.

On a Saturday evening in March, when the purchase of COVID-19 panicked the country, Kung was in search of cheap rice. The family was in Sam’s club meat department when Kung suddenly felt a punch in the back of his head. A man he did not know, then he cut his face with a knife. The assailant fled the scene but soon returned, stabbing the boys. He injured the back-of-the-year-old and tweaked the right-year-old from his right eye to two inches behind his right ear.

Coronavirus U.S. Since entering, Asian Americans have faced horrific encounters, including racially motivated harassment and coastal attacks.

Now, just a year later and after thousands of events, some of the initial victims find it difficult to move on or, at best, feel bitterly sweet. Attacks on older Asian Americans The wave of attacks, including the death of 84-year-old San Francisco, has raised concerns that hostilities have only gotten worse.

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According to the FBI, in the case of Kung, the person responsible for the attack is a Myanmar man and his children believed to be Chinese and spread the virus.

Kung said he’s not sure what would have happened if Sam’s club employee, Zach Owen, hadn’t intervened.

“Maybe I’ll kill him. Maybe it will kill all my family. I don’t know, “said Kung. “God protected my family, God sent Zach to protect my family at the same time.”

Owen, who was stabbed in the leg and cut deeply in his right palm, was detained by on-duty border patrol agent Jose Gomez, 19.

Verbal attacks have also become a permanent target.

In April, parqueting in Richmond, California, left an indelible mark on not only 36-year-old Kelly Yang but also her children. She was forced to discuss anti-Asian racism with her son, 10 and 7 daughters – things she didn’t think would happen for a few more years. An elderly white couple, annoyed with their stray dog, Yang, who is a Chinese American, is said to be “Oriental” and the words of fear of many Asian Americans say: “Go back to where you came from.”

Her children thought the couple was going to their house. Torn, Yang finally explained that they meant “going back to Asia for us.”

“That means we’re not welcome here.”

Her son burst into tears.

Yang believes the couple was encouraged by then-President Donald Trump’s use of terms with racial slurs, such as the “Chinese virus”. He praised President Biden’s recent executive order condemning anti-Asian xenophobia as a good start. But Yang fears that as Trump’s presidency closes, many non-Asians have already pushed the issue forward.

The young adult writes a novel and plans to weave her experience into her next book, Yang said, “I don’t know what can be done.” “But I know how to talk about it, to accept it, to remember – that’s what we do with wars – we have to remember what happened.”

Douglas Kim, 42, a chef and owner of Jeju Noodle Bar in New York City, is certain that there was a Covid-19-fueled racism behind the April vandalism of his Cochin-Stars Korean restaurant. Someone used Sharpey, referring to a rehearsal about Asian cuisine on the winter vestibule “Stop eating dogs.” Eventually, Kim decided not to report it.

“It made me angry at the time, but I have more important things to worry about,” Kim said. “Maintaining a business is more important.”

He has shared a picture of graffiti on Instagram to draw attention to hate crimes. There was a groundwell of support, but he felt that much of it had fallen short.

Still, Kim hopes that fewer Asian Americans will come to the U.S. Are stereotyping about rituals that have nothing to do with

Kim said, “I think it’s all about education. “If you raise your children this way, they will learn that way. I think things are changing but it’s not 100% yet. That’s why someone clearly wrote it on our doorstep. “

Since mid-April 2020, the California-based reporting center for the Asian American Pacific Islands, and its partner advocacy groups, API Hate, has been reported to Stop AAPI Hate The frustrating thing is that encounters often don’t come in legal favor. Hate crime definition. Still, police in many major cities have recorded sharp increases in Asia’s targeted hate crimes in 2019 and 2020, according to data collected by the Center for the Study of the Hate Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino. Three of the three incidents occurred in New York City, seven to 15 in Los Angeles, and three in Denver in 2020 – reported there for the first time in six years.

The rash of aggravated crimes committed by older Asian Americans over the past two months has garnered more attention from politicians and the media. On Wednesday, California government Gavin News signed a law allocating Stop 1.4 million to API Hate and UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Funding will flow to community resources and anti-Asian hate incidents will be further investigated.

Local officials and citizens have also taken note. Initiatives such as increased police presence, volunteer patrolling and special crime hotlines are being implemented. Big-name brands such as Golden State Warriors and Big Paul, based in Bay Area, have pledged donations for this purpose.

Cynthia Choi of Stop AAPI Hate has expressed the wish that the news cycle would focus not only on the latest crimes but also on the solutions being discussed. Answers to policing and legal action are not necessary, he said. COVID-19 Vitriol has been anti-China and anti-immigrant for more than a century. She and other advocates believe that more investment in education and community resources can help address those root causes. Choi added that the ongoing conversation on racist calculations should be anti-Asian xenophobia.

“Our work to eradicate Asian anti-racism is vaguely bound to fight black anti-racism,” Choi said. “It’s going to take all of us, it’s going to take public education efforts, it’s going to take ethnic unity efforts that really bring our communities together.”

Six years ago, the U.S. Prior to emigrating, Kung, a Texas hate crime survivor, had never faced racism. Now, it’s hard for him to hear stories about Asian anti-American violence. Early after the attack, Kung wrestled with how Gomez tried to hit him because it was only because of the way he looked. Now, he prays for his attacker.

What should happen to Gomez, who remains in prison on three counts of attempted capital murder, Kang said he is on the courts.

“I can forgive him, but we cannot accept racism or such a terrorist attack,” said Kung, who received more than 20,000 in ung online donations.

One thing she’s looking forward to – a new natural U.S. in a country. Life as a citizen where they “respect people.” Kung remains anxious that he won’t fit some people’s idea of ​​what America looks like.

“Maybe they have racism personally,” Kung said. “I do not care. I am proud to be Asian and Asian American. ”


Tang reports from Phoenix and is a member of the Associated Press’s race and ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter at