A $1.4 million initiative to combat anti-Asian racism is underway in California.
Introduced last June at the California State Capitol, the bill introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting will support research and organize tracking to stop anti-Asian incidents. The bill comes as violence against elderly Asian Americans is on the rise, especially in Ting's home district San Francisco. Ting sites the Chinese Exclusion Act, the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War Two, hate crimes against Sikhs after 9/11, and recent attacks on API seniors for rhetoric surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as justification for the bill. Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to approve the funding.