You are reading

State Sen. John Liu Calls for Additional Funds to Fight Hate Crimes Targeting Asian New Yorkers

NYS Senator John Liu (Photo: Facebook)

Feb. 18, 2022 By Allie Griffin

State Sen. John Liu and local Asian American groups are calling for increased state funding to support Asian New Yorkers who have increasingly been the target of violent—and even deadly—hate crimes.

Liu wants the state to allocate $64.5 million to support community-based organizations that provide services for Asian New Yorkers and/or educational efforts to combat discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that has risen since the onset of the pandemic.

“The AAPI community is under siege,” Liu said in a statement to the Queens Post. “For the last two years, we have been the target of relentless hatred, bigotry, and violence, and we desperately need resources that would address the root cause of these attacks and support our community.”

The proposed funding would be more than six times the amount the state earmarked for such groups last year. In April, former Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature created a $10 million fund to provide grants to Asian American nonprofits to help address a rise in bias attacks against the AAPI community.

Despite the creation of the fund, Asian New Yorkers have continued to be victims of hate crimes in the city at an alarming rate. Hate crimes targeting Asian New Yorkers increased by 363 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to NYPD data.

In one case, a 61-year-old Chinese man died on Dec. 31 of injuries he sustained when he was randomly assaulted by a homeless man in an East Harlem bias attack in April. The suspect was charged with murder and assault as a hate crime.

In another case, a 61-year-old Asian woman was randomly beaten unconscious with a large rock by a stranger in North Corona on Nov. 26. The NYPD is re-investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.

Most recently, a 35-year-old Korean American woman Christina Yuna Lee was followed home and stabbed to death inside her Manhattan apartment by a homeless man early Sunday. She was killed about a month after a 40-year-old Asian American woman was fatally shoved in front of a subway car at Times Square.

However, police have not classified either murder as a hate crime. Nonetheless, many Asian New Yorkers are left living in fear, Asian leaders said.

“The past weeks have been traumatizing as we’ve marked multiple attacks against #AAPI New Yorkers across the City, most recently Christina Yuna Lee,” Council Member Linda Lee posted on Twitter Tuesday. “Despite our anger and fear, we cannot give in to divisiveness but must work to implement real solutions that keep all of us safe.”

The Asian American Federation, one of the groups demanding additional funding, is calling on officials to come up with solutions to combat the attacks.

“After two years of relentless hate directed at our communities all of us advocates are exhausted,” the organization tweeted Tuesday. “Our hearts have been broken by what is happening in our City. But we will not rest until we get the answers and the resources our communities so desperately need.”

Liu said the extra state funding would directly support organizations embedded in Asian communities and would help cover the cost of mental health, language and education programs.

“This extra state funding would go directly to the organizations that work on the ground every day with affected AAPI communities and would address everything from mental health services to the implementation of AAPI curriculum to language access,” Liu said.

email the author: [email protected]

27 Comments

Click for Comments 
Bigboy

As a human being I am outraged by the violence against Asians.
1. Don’t blame the rhetoric from Trump. Trump was a lousy person and a lousy President and that’s why he’s out of office after one term. But the facts are that the virus came from China. Whether it came because of their filthy, disgusting markets or their nauseating habit of eating every animal that breathes or some experiment in a lab that went wrong it was their fault! And they sure made every effort to cover up the evidence or blame things on someone else.
As a white man I am outraged that I am sharing the blame for these horrific attacks. Whether in California or NYC it is black people carrying out these attacks. Put the blame where it belongs.

12
4
Reply
LIC Direct

Most of the crimes, looting of the high end department stores, most of the shootings are against their own people, most of the gun violence, look at NYC subways and images of the perpetrators and where are our so called civil rights leaders and activists who don’t come forward to denounce the violence? This has to stop. Crime is crime, we need to all come together to fight the disorder in which we are living and put everything in place. Our politicians are afraid to stand for what is right or just be politically correct? There is a lot of envy against the Asians community who through hard work, education and being industrious, many recent arrivals in this country, have climbed the socio-economic ladder and left people of color in the dust. Ignorance leads to hatred. Afraid the summer of 2022 in NYC will be the wild Wild West, we will have riots, chaos and mayhem on our streets.

6
2
Reply
Samantha

That would be money would be better spent on keeping the child tax credits around. People are desperate and now stealing baby formula.

7
38
Reply
Jim

BS Samantha. My father was unemployed with no skills when I was born and he never stole anything. Crime is just accepted in certain cultures.

12
3
Reply
Smh

Don’t have kids you if you can’t afford it and rely on other people to pay for it. It’s called social responsibility.

11
3
Reply
ABoondy

why is it everyone’s problem that these people have kids they cant afford? you do the crime, you do the time.

13
1
Reply
Barbara

I saw someone stealing 15 cans of cat food the other day. Its all so sad. The future will be grocery shopping online so markets will not lose money and then we will worry about packages being stolen from our front doors.

6
1
Reply
Exactly!

This is the reason why racism exists. Extinguish ALL hate crimes, not just the ones you want!!!

9
2
Reply
Tina

The mayor cried about the rapper being shot and said we have a perception of fear after the lady was pushed onto an upcoming train.

Reply
Why does the Radical Right want everything to be PC?

Hate crimes targeting Asian New Yorkers increased by 363 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to NYPD data. If you read the article, you wouldn’t be so offended.

5
3
Reply
Jill

Hire your own security like LIC does. Now they have one of the most expensive areas to live in in WQs. People flocked there for safety.

2
1
Reply
Bill

Asians have the right to speak out but put the blame where it belongs. Some cultures in this country accept crime and violence others don’t. People are afraid to speak the truth for fear of being called a racist and having their lives ruined.

Reply
Tommy

The AAPI community is under attack by Black people. Don’t blame everyone because you want to be politically correct. Let the Black community acknowledge this problem and stop being victims.

44
3
Reply
Unrelated

And TBH, most of the culprits in the case of anti Asian hate crimes are from your precious 13%.

Reply
Gia

Sometimes the oppressed turn into the oppressor in order to survive. White supremacy wins when you point that out.

Reply
ABoondy

thats fine. words mean nothing nowadays. what we need is a ton of armed vigilantes and cops making sure they show up late to the call. when push comes to shove, its time to fight back instead of constantly being the victim.

3
4
Reply
Jim

All the violent hate crimes against Asians have been by Black men. Face the facts and stop dancing around the problem of crime, violence and racism in the Black community.

47
3
Reply
There is stupid then there is Fox Stupid

Tough talk from a baby that can’t watch a video of someone getting run over 😆

5
4
Reply
To stupid/Fox stupid...

You have a bloodthirsty itch that will only get scratched with a lobotomy.

Get help.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams explained that the school lost nearly a quarter of its students at the height of the pandemic due to the economic effects of the lockdown on low-income Queens households.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

Raga sworn in as first-ever Filipino American elected to the state Legislature

More than 300 community members attended the historic inauguration of Assemblyman Steven Raga as the first Filipino American elected to office in New York state.

Many who attended the swearing-in event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park wore traditional and cultural attire to the event at the building that once housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations from 1946-50 until its current home in Manhattan became available for the world body.