May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and amid the many reasons to celebrate, there are sober reminders that prejudice against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), often stoked by fear and ignorance surrounding the pandemic, is on the rise.
On May 11, there was an assault at a hair salon in Dallas’ Koreatown a year after a shooting rampage in Atlanta left six Asian women dead. And, over the past two years, more than 10,000 hate incidents against AAPI people were reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that gathers data on racially motivated attacks related to the pandemic.
“What companies need to understand is that when they’re asking people to come back to the office, [AAPI employees] are scared to commute and take public transportation—or even be outside,” said Farzana Nayani, a diversity, equity and inclusion specialist and business coach.
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