ERIC Number: ED412312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Audit of Violence against Asian Pacific Americans, 1996: The Violent Impact on a Growing Community. Fourth Annual Report.
Hui, Elsie V.; Hwang, Victor; Ma, Jacinta S.; OuYang, Elizabeth R.; Su, Julie A.
This audit, fourth in an annual series, tracks incidents of violence against Asian Pacific Americans in 1996 using data from a variety of sources. There was an increase of 17% in reported anti-Asian incidents in 1996, raising the total of suspected and confirmed incidents to 534. Although data were difficult to obtain, harassment increased by 161% and 53% respectively from 1995 and 1994, and vandalism increased 48% from 1995 and 177% from 1994. Xenophobia continued to motivate violence, but hate crimes targeting Asian Pacific Americans involved in legitimate political participation emerged as a disturbing trend in 1996. It is recommended that law enforcement agencies be required to comply with the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990 to document violence accurately. Educational institutions and local authorities must establish reporting mechanisms and appropriate responses to hate crimes under their jurisdiction. The federal government should work with local governments and agencies to combat hate crimes, and elected officials and the media should be leaders in the effort to reduce ethnically motivated violence. The tendency of the mainstream media to view anti-Asian incidents as isolated has contributed to the widespread misconception that no Federal response is necessary. A chronology of the year's violent anti-Asian events is included. (Contains six charts.)(SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared with the assistance of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, and the Asian Law Caucus, Inc.