Since the start of the pandemic, Asian Americans have been the target of an increasing number of racist attacks in the United States. The Los Angeles Times traveled to the upscale Ladera Ranch neighborhood in south Los Angeles, where Haijun Sin and his family have been harassed for months. In recent weeks, supportive neighbors have decided to stand guard in front of their house.
Every evening, neighbors converge on the Si family’s house with its two floors, wide windows and large columned porch. Some sit in camping chairs in front of the garage entrance. Others stand guard from inside their cars or go on patrol in nearby parks.
As the United States is in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic and the number of assaults against Asian Americans continues to rise, the Si have moved to this upscale neighborhood of Ladera Ranch, in the Orange County [dans la région de Los Angeles], only a few months ago.
Almost immediately, they were gratified with nocturnal visits by teenagers coming to ring their doorbells, or to shout and knock on their doors. One of them told Haijun Si to “Return to [son] pays”. Another insulted his wife with racist slurs against the Chinese. Still others threw stones.
Sometimes these kinds of incidents would happen while the family was having dinner.
The children of the Si – an 8-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy – were sometimes woken up in the middle of the night. Their parents began to take turns keeping guard outside. They installed a new fence and surveillance cameras. They called the police.
But the attacks continued – until their neighbors intervened.
“I was not aware of the extent of this harassment and how much it happened frequentMrsnt”, acknowledges Layla Parks, head of the neighborhood night patrol:
I found that shocking, so I wanted to lend a hand. ”
Since the start of the pandemic, Asian Americans have been the subject of a growing number of violence and racist attacks in California, with some accusing Asians of being responsible for this health crisis that first appeared in China , in Wuhan.
Recent outbreaks of assault in Oakland, San Francisco, New York and elsewhere are making national media headlines and worrying Asian Americans.
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