Asian American Discrimination

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong
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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said the perception of Asian Americans as meek and docile needs to be confronted. He told a summit of states attorneys general this week that such stereotypes are responsible for a rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes across the country.

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Democrats in Nassau County are proposing a new law that would extend protections under the county’s human rights law that would penalize anyone who perpetuates the notion that Asians are responsible for COVID-19.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, holds a news conference, Thursday, March 25, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York has thrown his support behind a bill to combat the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

People attend a candlelight vigil called "Stop Asian Hate" at Almansor Park in Alhambra, Calif., Saturday night, March 20, 2021.
Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Members of Connecticut's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities say they are glad to see President Joe Biden’s new plan to address the rise in hate against their communities.

People attend a candlelight vigil called "Stop Asian Hate" at Almansor Park in Alhambra, Calif., Saturday night, March 20, 2021.
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Police have not said whether the killing of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, was a hate crime. Still, the shooting is troubling many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Especially women, who reported nearly 70% of hate incidents against the community since the pandemic, according to researchers at STOP AAPI HATE.

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