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The Standard on KQED: Attacks on Asians in SF Shook the Community and Went Viral. What Happened Next?
Monday, July 04, 2022

The Standard on KQED: Attacks on Asians in SF Shook the Community and Went Viral. What Happened Next?

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.

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Ericka Cruz Guevarra, host of The Bay podcast at KQED, can be reached at [email protected].

Alan Montecillo, editor of The Bay podcast at KQED, can be reached at [email protected].

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, politics reporter at KQED, can be reached at [email protected].

Han Li can be reached at [email protected].
  • As an Asian American born and raised in the Bay Area, I do have some experience with discrimination. It happened long before the pandemic and long before Trump. What’s different now is that Asians are more comfortable reporting them. In the past, we kept such matters private and shunned attention. The pandemic opened more opportunities for criminals to target a mostly elderly, vulnerable population.

    Nothing will ever happen because the vast majority of these criminals are Black/African-American. This inconvenient and often overlooked fact does not fit with the victim narrative so prevalent in the mainstream media.

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