BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- According to the Asian American and Pacific Islander ambassadors, about 4,000 hate crimes were reported in one year.
Here in Baton Rouge, the LSU Asian American Ambassadors said they have personally experienced and witnessed Asian hate, but seen an increase due to the coronavirus pandemic. From being spat on and verbally harassed to incidents of physical assault, advocates say these are hate crimes, and often linked to rhetoric that blames Asian people for the spread of Covid-19.
Tiffany Huynh, the president of the Asian American Ambassadors said she’s been asked derogatory questions because of her race.
“The most common question that I’ve received ever since is, ‘do you eat cats and dogs?’,” said Huynh.
Another member of the Asian Ambassadors, Hui Kong, says he sees public displays of disrespect to the Asian American community.
“They even wear the face mask with f word china,” said Kong.
Next week, the Asian American Ambassadors organization is hosting a cultural showcase to spread awareness on Asian hate crimes and to educate others on the Asian culture. With the recent mass shooting at an Asian spa in Atlanta and the countless hate crimes seen on social media and other outlets, this was considered the breaking point for the organization.
“It’s been really difficult to gather attention and just direct people’s views towards AAPI community despite with everything that’s been happening lately,” said Huynh.
The Asian American Ambassadors say that racially motivated violence against Asian Americans needs to come to an end.
“it is really terrifying to know that people will hurt us because of the color of our skin or where our parents come from,” said Asian American Ambassador Chau Vu.