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The Standard on KQED: Attacks on Asians in SF shook the community and went viral. What happened next?

Hundreds gather at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco’s Chinatown on March 20, 2021 for a Stop AAPI Hate rally, which made space for people to grieve, make art and to honor the lives lost to recent anti-Asian violence. | Beth LaBerge/KQED | Source: Beth LaBerge/KQED

In a few days, San Francisco voters will decide whether to recall the city’s District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Much of the conversation around his recall has centered on public safety—especially the reported hate incidents against members of the Asian American community, and the DA's role in prosecuting them.

There’s a lot of fear, anxiety, and anger among the AAPI community in the city, and many people want justice for these attacks. The San Francisco Standard and KQED reviewed 12 local high-profile criminal cases involving Asian victims in 2020 and 2021 to see what these cases show and what the path forward might look like.

The Standard reporter Han Li joined KQED morning radio news anchor Brian Watt and politics reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on Morning Edition to discuss the reporting.

Li also joined The Bay, a local news podcast from KQED, to talk about the project.

To read more, follow these links:

Ericka Cruz Guevarra, host of The Bay podcast at KQED, can be reached at

Alan Montecillo, editor of The Bay podcast at KQED, can be reached at

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, politics reporter at KQED, can be reached at

Han Li can be reached at