Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March

October 01 only

Co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)!

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Gina Kim and Titi Yu with Norman Chen, CEO, The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). Moderated by Aarti Shahani, NPR  journalist, podcast host and best-selling author.

In March 2021, a 21-year old man murdered eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. The shooting was a watershed moment in a year of increasing violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). For many, the tragic events became a galvanizing moment, reigniting a sense of collective identity and political engagement within AAPI communities. Now, as violence against AAPI people continues to surge nationwide, a new one-hour documentary chronicles the troubling escalation of hate and spotlights the movement to turn grief and anger into action.

Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March premieres on Monday, October 17 at 9pm ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/RisingAgainstAsianHate, the PBS Video App and on the PBS Youtube channel.

Directed by Gina Kim and Titi Yu. 2022.

About the Killing of of Vicha Ratanapakdee:

On January 28, 2021, 84 year-old Thai grandfather Vicha Ratanapakdee was violently attacked while walking near his home in the Anza Vista neighborhood. There was no apparent economic motivation for the attack. Mr. Ratanapakdee passed away from his injuries two days later, on January 30, 2021. The violent attack was caught on video and Mr. Ratanapakdee’s death became a national symbol for the rise in violence against the Asian American community. Grandpa Vicha’s image, memorialized in an artwork by an Asian American activist, became the face of #StopAsianHate.

About Anti-Asian Hate:

Hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have risen sharply since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Stop AAPI Hate, a total 10,370 hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons were reported to their organization between March 19, 2020, and September 30, 2021. Of the hate incidents reflected in their report, 4,599 occurred in 2020 (44.4%) and 5,711 occurred in 2021 (55.7%). According to their research one in five Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders experienced a hate incident in the past year. The top type of encounters are: verbal harassment, shunning, physical assault, online harassment, and other civil rights violations. Read more at stopaapihate.org

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