Over 11,000 hate incidents toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported since 2020 – NBC Los Angeles

What there is to know

  • A total of 11,467 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported since data collection began on March 19, 2020.
  • According to the report, one in five Asian Americans and 1 in 5 Pacific Islanders in the United States are victims of hate incidents.
  • Verbal or written harassment was the most frequently reported type of hate incident.

A total of 11,467 hate incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States occurred between March 19, 2020 and March 31, 2022, according to a report by research and advocacy group Stop. AAPI Hate.

The organization is a group made up of the Los Angeles-based AAPI Equality Alliance, the San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action, and San Francisco State University. They have collectively tracked hate incidents against AAPI since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the organization’s second report this year. The first was released earlier this year and recorded 10,905 hate incidents between March 19, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

This report details where the incidents happened, who they happened to, and effective solutions to end the hate incidents.

Percentage of types of hate incidents reported

Of the types of harassment included in the report, the majority of incidents were verbal hate and/or written speech (67%). Physical assault was the second most common hate incident at 17%, according to the report.

Other types of incidents were avoidance or avoidance (16%), online misconduct (9%), coughing or spitting at (8%) and workplace discrimination (6%).

Each type of hate incident included sub-categories, which allowed the percentages to add up to over 100%.

States with the highest number of reported incidents

California, the nation’s most populous state, and New York had the most incidents of the 20 states with the most incidents, according to the report. California had 4,333 reported incidents while New York had 1,840. Washington was close behind with 556 incidents and Texas followed with 446 incidents.

While states with fewer than 100 reported incidents were not included, Colorado (138) and Arizona (123) reported the fewest hate-motivated incidents.

Percentage of ethnicity of people reporting incidents

Those who identified as Chinese reported the highest number of hate-motivated incidents (43%). Those who identified as Korean were the second highest reporting (16%) and Filipinos were the third highest (9%).

Japanese (8%), Vietnamese (8%) and whites (7%) also reported incidents more frequently.

The total number of percentages exceeds 100% because individuals may identify with more than one ethnic origin.

Most Effective Solutions to Combat AAPI Hate

Solutions were chosen based on a combination of data and what the AAPI community identifies as effective solutions.

Of the eight different solutions, education (53%) and community solutions (58%) were reported to be the most effective.

Other effective solutions included were; civil rights legislation and enforcement (46%), more law enforcement (30%) and more leaders speaking out against discrimination (29%)

Currently, nine states have passed legislation that will require Asian American Content be included in the K-12 curriculum.

California introduced two bills in February, supported by the organization, which aim to address violence and harassment against women and other vulnerable populations in public spaces.

By collecting data, the group hopes to “harness the power of collective data to advance fairness, justice, and power; dismantle systematic racism; and build a multiracial movement to end AAPI hate.”

For the full report, visit here.

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