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VIDEO: Violence in Oakland’s Chinatown prompts good Samaritans to act

on March 18, 2021

In Oakland, shocking video images and recent reports of assaults on people of Asian descent in Chinatown have unnerved merchants and residents.

Shop owners have been targeted as have pedestrians, even older people, apparently picked at random. The attacks have happened not only at night but often during the day.

While the police department beefs up patrols, individuals and groups have volunteered to escort people who may be afraid to venture out and have established a presence in Chinatown to deter the violence.


  1. […] Some has come from illegal sideshows, he noted. And some are hate crimes, such as recent attacks on Asians in Chinatown. […]

  2. […] targeted or if the attack was random. He has appeared in public and on television, condemning the spate of violence that has seriously injured a number of Asian people in Oakland and across the country and has […]

  3. […] The cuts had real world impacts. For example, OPD reduced the police presence in the Chinatown neighborhood shortly before a streak of attacks against Asian people in Oakland and across the country left community members concerned for their safety. […]

  4. […] Alameda County, Oakland had the highest number, 19 cases. The statistics don’t cover this year, when attacks against Asians continued, prompting leaders in Chinatown to ask the city for more police […]

  5. […] and assault against seniors this year, with many calling into question the racial motivation behind these attacks. Statewide anti-Asian bias events increased from 43 in 2019 to 89 in 2020, according to the […]

  6. […] the neighborhood is facing, Chan noted. Chinatown businesses have suffered during the pandemic. And random attacks against Asians have frightened people […]

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