US lawmakers decry violence against Asians in Georgia visit

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"When I saw those people being attacked I feel the same pain as if I was being attacked", said Jessica Li.

In Vancouver, the protest began with several speakers addressing the crowd from the steps of the Art Gallery. We're called opportunists. We're called self-serving.

But Chen said she refuses to be quiet about that stereotype.

Former B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh had a message on Sunday for anyone directing racial hatred to anyone else in what is a multi-cultural province.

"We've been through a lot", Chang said. "They're scared to go out as a outcome of the violence that's been going on".

According to the Vancouver Police Department, anti-Asian hate crimes jumped by 717 per cent in 2020. The rally was held amid increasing racist incidents against Asian-Americans by people who wrongly associate the coronavirus with Asians.

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Over 100 vehicles showed up in support of the rally and even people who didn't know this was happening, showed their support.

"Some of my friends say they don't feel safe walking down the street anymore, especially women and children", said Ding.

When the spread of Covid-19 began gripping the United States in early 2020 a number of politicians, including then U.S. president Donald Trump, dubbed it the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus, which Lee said has had devastating effects on Asian communities. A gunman opened fire in Atlanta spas, killing eight people.

On Facebook, organizers said the gathering was to oppose discrimination against Asians and to mourn the victims of the recent Atlanta shooting, six of whom were identified as Asian women.

"In Canada we've seen increasing numbers of violence and racism targeting the Asian community and Asian women", said Chen.

Chinese citizens in the USA should be vigilant against possible discrimination and violence against Asians as hate crimes against Asians in the country have seen an upward trend recently, China's Consulate General in NY said.

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