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March 19, 2021
Litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu was quoted in a Bloomberg Law column, “A Tipping Point for Asian American Lawyers?” The article discusses the history of racism against Asians in America, the underpinnings of anti-Asian hate including the model minority myth, and the impact of the current movement on Asian American lawyers.
“I was not shocked by the rise of attacks on Asian Americans,” said Jennifer. “The reality is that anti-Asian hate is not new to this country,” she said, citing her own experience as well as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that barred Chinese from citizenship, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit by two out-of-work white autoworkers. It remains to be seen, Jennifer added, if the increased attention to anti-Asian hate brought about by the recent violent attacks in Atlanta “will result in real change for Asian Americans—both as to the incidents we are seeing in the news and also the casual racism that happens in every day interactions.” She further noted that “[i]t’s not enough for Asian Americans to speak out about how we are feeling; it is equally important for all of us to talk about what we as Americans are doing to address these issues.”
The article also notes that the escalating attacks against Asian Americans is documented in a recent report, “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions,” co-authored by Paul, Weiss and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).
The Paul, Weiss team that worked on the report includes litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu, counsel Jenny C. Wu and Josephine Young, and associates Megan Gao, Saurabh Gupta, Jin Kim, Sylvia Xinshu Sui, Vi Tran, Apeksha Vora and Naomi Jeehee Yang; and corporate associate Felicia Feiran Chen.