The pandemic has shown just how little power Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders really have in American society. With shocking quickness, people who looked Asian to their neighbors went from a “model minority” to some kind of infectious threat, the kind of people you’d spit on at an airport. Filipino American nurses are dying from Covid-19 at an obscene rate; during the pandemic, Asian Americans saw long-term unemployment double, more than any other group. The Atlanta shootings last month, which targeted three Asian-owned small businesses and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were a tragic boiling point, one that showed AAPI hate and misogyny have moved beyond subversion to become overt and brazen. Asian women have especially felt the brunt of this disturbing trend; they are the victims of at least two-thirds of reported attacks.

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