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Race Unwrapped: Asian-American hate often starts with words

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Mindy Fulner
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Since the first outbreak of COVID-19, Americans have been subjected to insulting and ugly language targeted at Asian Americans — things like “China virus,” and worse.  And those words don’t just hurt the ear but go hand-in-hand with actual harm. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, during the first year of the pandemic, hate crimes targeting Asian-American communities increased by 342% in eight large American cities.

How do ugly words influence the rise in Asian-American hate crimes the country has seen? That’s what I talk about on this episode, with Asian-American journalist Curtis Tate.

Listen to the podcast:

https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/chtbl.com/track/G3791/lpm-od.streamguys1.com/raceunwrapped/20220712165157-RUs2E3_CurtisTate.mp3

Michelle Tyrene Johnson is the Associate Producer for WFPL's "In Conversation" talk show and hosts the podcast "Race Unwrapped." Email Michelle at mjohnson@lpm.org.