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VIDEO: Assaulted Chinatown Chamber president resolves to protect Asian community

on May 13, 2021

The president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, who has spoken out against Anti-Asian hate crime, was recently attacked as he was on his way to visit another Asian assault victim. 

Carl Chan said he was walking on Broadway near Eighth Street on the afternoon of April 28 when someone hit him in the back of the head while spewing racial slurs. Chan was knocked to the ground and briefly blacked out, but got up and was able to take a picture of the suspect. On May 3, police charged a 25-year-old man with the assault. 

“Luckily it was me and not another senior or woman,” Chan said in a recent interview. 

James Lee Ramsey was charged with felony assault as well as felony hate crime. Alameda County court records show he was on parole at the time of the attack and that his parole has since been revoked. 

It’s not clear if Chan was 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 shaken whole communities. 

The FBI is beefing up efforts to help local police address the issue and is using ads and social media to encourage people to report assaults and suspected hate crimes at 800-CALL-FBI.

The April attack left Chan with cuts and bruises to his head and knee that needed medical treatment. He said the attack has motivated him to get even more involved in protecting Oakland’s Asian community.  

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