Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an alarming surge in violent attacks against Asian American Pacific Islander communities that have been linked to rhetoric blaming Asian Americans for the spread of Covid-19. From March 2020 to March 2021, the number of reported attacks grew from 3,795 to 6,603, with attacks on women making up sixty-five percent of reported cases. Although there have been few reports in Tucson, Arizona, we spoke to two leaders in the Asian American community about how their friends and loved ones are coping with and responding to potential threats.
Producer: Cáit NíSíomón
Photographer/Editor: John DeSoto