While the Asian race in particular has been for a long time seen as the ‘model minority’, particularly in the US, there has been a notable increase in the rise of Asian hate crime. The rise in hate crime has been attributed by many to the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic that has caused worldwide devastating impacts across social and economic spheres.
Recent tensions in the United States of America reached a climax this month when a gunman went on a rampage in Atlanta. The man managed to kill eight people, with six of those being women of Asian descent, before the police managed to succeed in apprehending him. Although many have called for the crime to be called a hate crime, the police have so far said it is not possible to categorise it as such.
Elsewhere in the USA, an Asian man was stabbed in the back with a knife whilst walking home through Chinatown in New York last month. The stabbing terrified many in the community, but police once again declared there was too little evidence to deem the crime a hate crime and racially motivated. Eventually, the 23 year old man from Yemen who was the perpetrator of the attack was proscecuted for attempted murder rather than as a racially motivated hate crime.
These are just two examples of the increase in Asian hate crime that has been seen increasing in many Western places around the globe. The pandemic is seen as bringing on the rise in racially targeted violence, but it seems there is hesitation from police forces to label it as such.
There have been protests from those that feel the true extent of these crimes is being under represented and not recognised for their true motive. Some even say the law is ill equipped to deal with the specific type of racist attacks faced by Asian Americans.