Vancouver reports increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid pandemic

VANCOUVER — Restrictions’ slowly easing, and some businesses opening.

But after two months of staying at home, some of these Filipino Canadians are not ready to go out just yet.

And it’s not for fear of getting COVID-19.


Recent online town halls have confirmed growing concerns on the increase of anti-Asian sentiment during the pandemic.

The Vancouver police department announced 77 hate crimes and incidents have been reported this year, up from 51 incidents during the same period last year.

The city of Vancouver proclaimed a day of action against racism, with a multi-lingual proclamation on its commitment to address the pressing problem.

Others said Filipino Canadians need to speak up more, not only on racism against the community, but against other ethnic groups as well.

“I don’t hear the Filipino community enough,” said Alden Habacon. “When it happens to us, we want everyone to rally for us. Let’s rally for others. We know the Chinese Canadian community has been particularly affected by this, let’s stand up for them. Let’s create this opportunity to do that.”

“I’m more concerned about the silence, about the lack of reporting, about the lack of escalating these issues which I know and I think we all know are happening to people,” said Zahra Esmail.

The public is encouraged to report racism or hate crimes to the police.

The city has also released translated resources for sharing to remind the public there is no place for racism in Vancouver.

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