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Race Unwrapped: Asian-American hate often starts with words

Mindy Fulner

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.

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Michelle Tyrene Johnson is the lead producer of LPM’s talk shows, and she is also the host and producer of LPM’s podcast Race Unwrapped. Email Michelle at mjohnson@lpm.org.

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