Attacks on Asian Americans during pandemic renew criticism that U.S. undercounts hate crimes

Attacks on Asian Americans during pandemic renew criticism that U.S. undercounts hate crimes
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Although President Biden last month signed an executive action banning the federal government from employing the sort of “inflammatory and xenophobic” language Trump used to describe the virus — such as “China plague” and “kung flu” — Asian American leaders said the recent attacks demonstrate a need for greater urgency in dealing with such threats.

Among other incidents, Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old San Francisco resident who had immigrated from Thailand, was killed in late January, in a brazen attack captured on a video that went viral on social media. Antoine Watson, a 19-year-old African American man, was charged in connection with Ratanapakedee’s death and has pleaded not guilty.

Biden administration officials said they are working to address the problem,…



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