How The Rise In Anti-Asian Attacks Is Deeply Rooted In U.S. History

“Many lawmakers are saying this is un-American,” said professor Erika Lee. “This is damaging framing because our history shows otherwise.”

How The Rise In Anti-Asian Attacks Are Deeply Rooted In U.S. History
People hold signs as they march during a rally to support Stop Asian Hate at the Logan Square Monument in Chicago, Saturday, March 20, 2021. A diverse crowd gathered to demand justice for the victims of Atlanta, Georgia spa shooting for an end to racism, xenophobia and misogyny. Nam Y. Huh / AP Photo
How The Rise In Anti-Asian Attacks Are Deeply Rooted In U.S. History
People hold signs as they march during a rally to support Stop Asian Hate at the Logan Square Monument in Chicago, Saturday, March 20, 2021. A diverse crowd gathered to demand justice for the victims of Atlanta, Georgia spa shooting for an end to racism, xenophobia and misogyny. Nam Y. Huh / AP Photo

How The Rise In Anti-Asian Attacks Is Deeply Rooted In U.S. History

“Many lawmakers are saying this is un-American,” said professor Erika Lee. “This is damaging framing because our history shows otherwise.”

While anti-Asian attacks and violence have increased at an alarming rate in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts and advocates say these attacks aren’t new.

Reset talks to a historian and two activists about the long history of systemic racism and discrimination against Asian communities in the U.S. and ways to support Asian American and Pacific Islander communities moving forward.

GUESTS: Erika Lee, regents professor of history and Asian American studies; director of the immigration history research center at the University of Minnesota

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director at National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director at Fred T. Korematsu Institute