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Anti-Asian hate crimes quadrupled in U.S. last year

Surge in attacks during Trump administration and pandemic accelerates

A protester holds a sign at a rally last March protesting a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.   © AP

NEW YORK -- Hate crimes against people of Asian descent in U.S. cities surged more than fourfold in 2021, accelerating from the previous year's upswing spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic.

There were 274 reported incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in eight cities, compared with 62 in 2020, according to preliminary data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University. New York City accounted for nearly half the total at 133, followed by San Francisco with 60 and Los Angeles with 41.

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