Recent anti-Asian violence in U.S. extends pandemic trend
- Metro areas from coast to coast have seen an explosion in anti-Asian hate incidents since the beginning of the pandemic, including cities such as Oakland, San Jose, and New York.
- Between 1,800 and 2,500 incidents of anti-Asian harassment, discrimination, and violence were reported through August 2020, ranging from vandalism and verbal abuse to physical attacks and homicide.
- President Joe Biden recently signed a memorandum condemning anti-Asian bias and discrimination, pledging support from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and other executive agencies.
“String of attacks against older Asians leaves big city Chinatowns on edge” (NBC News | February 2021)
“The US Is Seeing a Massive Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes” (The Cut | February 2021)
“Anti-Asian hate crime jumps 1,900 percent” (Queens Chronicle | September 2020)
Stop AAPI Hate Reports
Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States (The White House | January 2021)
U.N. document on anti-Asian incidents in the U.S. (August 2020)
Students lobby Portland school board for ethnic studies class
- The Asian Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth (ALLY) have lobbied the Portland Public Schools Board of Education for the creation of at least one ethnic studies class in all 10 of the public high schools in Oregon’s largest city.
- Asking that the class count towards the social studies graduation requirement, the group has called for a course that covers the contributions of Asian, Pacific Islander, African, Latino, Arab, and Native Americans and LBTQ Americans of color to American history and culture.
- Students supported their curriculum-based arguments with data indicating increased academic performance, attendance, and graduation rates for students who have taken similar courses in other schools.
“Students Call For Ethnic Studies in Portland High Schools” (NBC News)
“Textbooks don’t tell the history of minorities, students say. Teenagers want to change that” (The Oregonian)
(Image Credit: Casey Parks/The Oregonian)
Latino students outpace white counterparts in admissions for second year in a row in the University of California system
- This year, 30% of the 92,324 students admitted into the nine-school system were Latino, while 25% were white, 36% were Asian, and 4% were black.
- Latino students comprise over 50% of K-12 public school students in California.
- The Irvine, Merced, and Riverside campuses–already the schools with the highest Latino enrollment–added more Latino students this year, while enrollment fell across other campuses.
“As a majority-minority state, where one in two children under the age of 18 is Latino, we simply cannot meet our economic or workforce needs without ensuring significantly more Latino and black students are admitted to the UC, including flagship institutions like UCLA and UC Berkeley.”
Read the full story at Fox News Latino.
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New York mayor adds Lunar New Year as school holiday, to the relief of Asian-American families
- The addition had been a campaign promise from Mayor Bill de Blasio, and its passage comes just ahead of the State Legislature’s consideration of an identical measure.
- Mayor de Blasio also added two Muslim holidays–Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha–to the calendar three months ago.
- Asian-American students comprise almost 15% of the city’s public school population, and other cities with similarly large populations such as San Francisco have added the holiday before.
“Finally, students of Asian descent will not be forced to choose between observing the most important holiday of the year and missing important academic work. … Lunar New Year is a deeply important cultural observance for nearly 15 percent of public school students, and this designation gives Lunar New Year the respect and recognition it has long deserved.”
Read the full story at the New York Times.
(Image Credit: Ángel Franco/The New York Times)