Bella Poarch, Saweetie, Shawn Wasabi & Lastlings On Fighting Racism & Fetishisation
While anti-Asian racism isn’t a new issue, there has been a devastating surge in the number of hate crimes against Asian communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Discrimination, xenophobia and acts of violence have all skyrocketed, with countries including Canada, New Zealand and the UK reporting an increase in racist incidents over the past 12 months.
In the US, crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are also on the rise. In August 2020, the United Nations issued a report showing that more than 1,800 racist incidents targeting AAPI people were reported during an eight-week period, from March to May 2020. More recently, nonprofit social organisation Stop AAPI Hate published a report detailing 3,292 recorded incidents in 2020; 68 per cent were towards women. On 16 March 2021, eight people – including six women of Asian descent – were shot dead at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia.