Monday, January 23, 2023
Hate violence against Asian Americans spiked during the pandemic. Against a backdrop of violence, the nation braced itself upon learning of the mass murder perpetrated on the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, California, an Asian American enclave on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Michael Luo for The New Yorker in "The Spectre of Anti-Asian Violence in the Monterey Park Shooting" writes that "[w]aiting for details to emerge, there was the familiar apprehension and dread experienced by so many Asian Americans since attacks against them began to soar during the pandemic."
In 2021, Luo wrote an article nicely summarizing the "purging" of Asians from the United States in the late 1800s.