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AABANY and Paul, Weiss Publish Report on Rise in Anti-Asian Violence During COVID-19
February 10, 2021
Paul, Weiss, in collaboration with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), published a report on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the Asian-American community. The report presents data showing that anti-Asian hate and violence skyrocketed in 2020. It also details anti-Asian hate incidents in the New York City region, examines contributing factors, and assesses actions taken by politicians, law enforcement, and community organizations to address hate incidents. The report was supported by a grant from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
The project was led by litigation counsel Karen King, with assistance from litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu, counsel Jenny C. Wu and Josephine Young, associates Felicia Feiran Chen, Megan Gao, Saurabh Gupta, Jin Kim, Silvia Xinshu Sui, Vi Tran, Apeksha Vora and Naomi Jeehee Yang, and AABANY Issues Committee chair Christopher Kwok. The report includes a forward by Professor Frank Wu and is dedicated to the “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” Corky Lee, who passed away from COVID-19 on January 27 at the age of 73. Through his life’s work, he ensured that Asian Americans were part and parcel of American history. One of the last projects he documented was the effort to combat anti-Asian violence and harassment in the wake of COVID-19.