KYCC joined The Korean American Federation of Los Angeles on March 19 for a car caravan around Koreatown to raise awareness about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate incidents that have been taking place across the nation, most recently with the killing of 8 workers at spas in Atlanta, of which six were Asian women. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, incidents of hate against the AAPI community have risen 150%, with more than 3,795 reported incidents since March 2020.
The car caravan brought together community members, organizations, youth, and elders, to stand in solidarity and stop AAPI hate. “We must say no to hate. We are here to not only stand in solidarity, but we are here to pay tribute to the victims whose lives were lost in Atlanta,” said Steve Kang, KYCC Director of External Affairs, in a press conference prior to the caravan.
During this time of collective grief and rage, we urge you to stand up against systemic racism and violence towards Asian American communities and all communities of color. We encourage you to support the ongoing work of our friends and partners in the fight to stop Asian hate and ensure all in our community feel safe, loved, and supported.
Report any instances of AAPI hate crimes to StopAAPIHate.
- Mental Health
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255
- LA County Department of Mental Health Help Line, 1-800-854-7771
Raise awareness about these attacks amongst your friends, family, and loved ones. Learn more by following the hashtags #StopAAPIHate and #StopAsianHate on social media.
Below is media coverage of the car caravan:
- Stop AAPI Hate Founder Urges Community to Report Hate Incidents (NBC Los Angeles)
- Stop AAPI Hate: Caravan Held In Koreatown Speaking Out On Violence Against Asian American Community (CBSLA)
- ‘I’m scared I won’t be believed’: Asians fight to have racist hate documented (LA Times)
- LA-area groups stage events, urge end to anti-Asian bias, violence (Los Angeles Daily News)