/ America’s Chinatown, Boston, March 7, 2021. © AFP / FRANCE 24
Hate crimes against Asian Americans increased by 150 percent last year when the Covid-19 pandemic seized the United States, according to a new report. Some have blamed the rhetoric of former President Donald Trump, who repeatedly referred to the new coronavirus as the “China virus”, while lawmakers have warned that anti-Asian racism has reached a “crisis point”. And in Oakland’s Chinatown, citizens have taken matters into their own hands with volunteers patrolling the streets to protect residents and businesses.