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Increase in attacks on Asian-Americans seen as Chinese New Year approaches

The Bay Area has recently seen a series of attacks targeting Asian Americans, especially the elderly. There were similar attacks in other parts of the country.

As China’s Chinese New Year approaches Friday, law enforcement agencies are preparing for further attacks.

The group “Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate” said it received more than 2,800 anti-Asia attack accounts from across the country from mid-March last year to the end of 2020.

Some of the victims accused former President Donald Trump of anti-Asian rhetoric and his reference to the “Chinese virus” when discussing COVID-19.

Some are concerned that the problem may continue to worsen even in the absence of Mr. Trump.

“It’s much more frequent, much more numerous, and the attacks are more serious, more serious, and more intense,” said Carl Cheng, chairman of the Auckland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.

Related: How COVID-19 resurfaces the history of American anti-Asia racism

Some prominent Asian-American actors have also spoken. Daniel Wu and Daniel Dae Kim offer a $ 25,000 reward for being arrested in a single attack in the Bay Area.

“In our view, it’s not one community and another,” said Daniel Dae Kim. “It’s all racial discrimination.”

President Joe Biden signed an executive order last month to combat hatred of Asian Americans.

“Unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies,” Biden said.

Many fear that the attack will continue as the Chinese New Year approaches Friday.

“And that’s sad for us, because it’s usually a time of joy and happiness,” Wu said. “But now everyone has fear and anxiety.”

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