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Brutal NYC Attack Renews Asian American Volunteers’ Efforts

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Teresa Ting stands for a portrait, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. The vicious assault of a 65-year-old woman while walking to church this week near New York City’s Times Square has heightened already palpable levels of outrage over anti-Asian attacks that started with the pandemic. Ting, a 29-year-old Chinese American, started what has become the Main Street Patrol following an attack on another older Asian American woman in February. “It literally could have been my mother had it been the wrong place, wrong time," Ting said of that attack. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(AP) — The vicious assault of a 65-year-old woman while walking to church this week near New York City’s Times Square has heightened already palpable levels of outrage over anti-Asian attacks that escalated with the pandemic.

New York police say the attacker yelled racial slurs and told the woman, “You don’t belong here!” A video of the attack quickly drew millions of views along with widespread condemnation, not just for its heinous nature but because of the seemingly indifferent bystanders.

From coast-to-coast, Asian American groups were already doing more than digital activism, including patrolling, escorting and chaperoning in Asian communities. Now, those activities are only increasing.

 

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