Jeff Yang is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, a featured writer for Quartz and other publications, and the co-host of the podcast “They Call Us Bruce.” He co-wrote Jackie Chan’s best-selling autobiography, “I Am Jackie Chan,” and is the editor of three graphic novels: “Secret Identities,” “Shattered” and the forthcoming “New Frontiers.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. Read more opinion on CNN. (CNN)It’s May — Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — a time to celebrate and commemorate this vibrant community. That’s not happening now, or at least not in the same way. With Covid-19 making it impossible for us to gather in person, organizations are trying to adapt. Film festivals have gone virtual. Theater and music groups are hosting performances from artists’ living rooms. Galas are being held as Zoom parties, with links to online auction and donation platforms. Jeff Yang But technical difficulties are far from the only challenge Asian Americans face today. While the pandemic is showing promising signs of decline in some states, there is evidence to suggest xenophobic hatred that has emerged in its wake is poised to escalate. Asian Americans have reported surging hate crimes and attacks, triggered by the association… Read full this story
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