LOS ANGELES (AP) – Yong Sin Kim, an 85-year-old Korean immigrant living in a nursing home in central Los Angeles, says he rarely leaves home these days. When he does, he whistles with himself. at least he could have called for help if he had been attacked.
Hyang Ran Kim, 74, who is on a three-story building in the same building, is waiting for his daughter to pick him up. She is temporarily relocating her daughter to a quieter suburb. Kim says her daughter is worried about her safety.
Against the backdrop of a wave of anti-Asian violence, fear is invading and changing the daily lives of vulnerable Asian seniors.
Asian Americans have become the target of discrimination, threats and violence that have intensified over the past year as the coronavirus epidemic broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Some accuse former President Donald Trump of igniting intolerance, calling COVID-19 “China virus” or “kung flu.”
People of Asian descent were spat on, beaten, and told to return to where they came from. Reports of violence are rising, especially when a white gunman killed eight people, including six Asian women, in a series of shootings in Atlanta resorts in mid-March. Four of the women were of Korean descent.
Although police did not say it was a hate crime, there were clear examples of racism, such as a surveillance video showing a man in New York kicking an Asian woman in the face and shouting anti-Asian words.
US Air Force veteran Danny Kim said he was beaten in February by two men in February who shouted “ching chong” and “China virus.” Police were investigating it as a hate crime.
Discrimination against Asian groups has a long and ugly history, dating back to California. From Chinese workers employed during the construction of the Intercontinental Railway to most Japanese immigrants, American-born children were transferred to detention camps during World War II.
Korean Americans were under siege in Los Angeles three decades ago, in 1992. During the riots, which broke out as a result of the acquittal of the police officers who beat the Black Sea driver Rodney King. The outrage of the verdict merged with the tensions that arose in the SJ community over the Korean ownership of their neighbors’ mother and pop shops.
The fires and looting spread from South Los Angeles to Koratown, where merchants guarded their shops with weapons. Despite the defense, Coritown owed most of the city’s $ 1 billion in economic losses as a result of the unrest.
For Yong Sin Kim կնոջ, his wife, who was quarantined for days in their small apartment after a positive COVID-19 test, their imprisonment continues to avoid another virus, violence.
“We do not go out at all. “We stay home all day as if we were locked up,” Kim said. “I can’t even think about walking.”
For Sung Hee Chae, 74, it takes about 6 minutes to walk to the nearby Korean grocery market in Koratown. Cheney said no one else goes there alone. His son is accompanying him to the market these days. A daughter in South Korea urges her not to go out at all.
“I was horrified,” Chay said of the recent shooting in Atlanta. “It was awful.”
The bloodshed led to an outflow of support for American Asians and rallies condemning hatred of any group.
“I wish we could all have a good relationship, regardless of skin color. “I’m sad. I did not treat anyone badly.”
76-year-old Ho Lee has a weak heart. He is weak. He needs his stroller to walk around. He also restricts his exit for the same reason as other Korean seniors.
But a series of recent attacks on Asians has brought a different twist to Lee.
Lee traveled to Coritown to protest recent anti-Asian hate crimes. Two buses reached him, and two buses returned home.
His walker had signs reading “End Asian Hate” and “I am not a virus” and he chanted slogans.
“We must be united. “We Asians cannot remain silent.” “I did not go to the rally because I had a lot of time or I was healthy.”
“It’s wrong to think that these attacks have anything to do with me. It could one day happen to me or my family, ”Lee added.