Chinese American Man Attacked in New York in Another Incident Against Asians
This image from surveillance video made available by the New York City Police Department shows an unidentified individual police who are seeking after a 61-year-old Asian man was attacked in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. (NYPD via AP)
By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 25 April 2021 10:22 PM
A Chinese American man in New York was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the head over the weekend in another incident of an increase in attacks against Asians across the United States, USA Today reported on Sunday.
The 61-year-old man was in critical but stable condition Sunday in a New York hospital.
Police said he was collecting cans in East Harlem on Friday night when he was hit from behind and knocked down and and then kicked several times in the head.
It was the latest instance in a spike in attacks against Asian people across the country. Authorities believe the increase in such attacks is due to anger and frustration stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the latest attack “outrageous’’ and promised to take action against the assailant, who has not yet been found.
“Make no mistake, we will find the perpetrator and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter.
Although police did not release the victim’s name, several news outlets identified him as Yao Pan Ma, who lost his job as a restaurant worker due to the pandemic and was trying to earn money by collecting cans, according to USA Today.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that he would ask the state hate crimes task force to help in the New York City police department’s investigation of the incident.
“I’m sickened to learn of yet another bigoted act of violence against an Asian American man,” the governor said in a statement. “This is not who we are as New Yorkers, and we will not let these cowardly acts of hate against members of our New York family intimidate us.”
Just last month in Manhattan, an elderly Asian American woman had to be hospitalized after someone shouting anti-Asian comments at her kicked and stomped on her in the street.
Many other such incidents have occurred throughout the country, particularly in cities with large Asian populations.
Stop AAPI Hate, a group founded last year following the surge in attacks on Asians during the pandemic, issued a report last month that it has recorded almost 3,800 hate incidents in a year, adding that it believes those are only a fraction of the actual number.
The report stressed that these numbers illustrate how vulnerable the Asian community has become in the U.S.
Last week the U.S. Senate passed legislation intended to fight the surge in hate crimes against the Asian community, USA Today reported.