Georgia Spa Shootings #111

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Deepnews Digest #111

Georgia Spa Shootings

Editor: Christopher Brennan
A gunman killed eight people at a series of Atlanta-area spas Tuesday night, the latest mass shooting in the United States. While the motive for the rampage is still unclear, the fact that six victims were women of Asian descent has refocused attention on a rise in anti-Asian attacks in the last year. This Digest explores the shootings themselves as well as the broader issues they raise, with our algorithm finding pieces of original reporting and analysis.

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Washington Post

I grew up in the South as an Asian American. It was clear I wasn’t welcome.

Growing up in the South as an Asian American is no easy feat. I was relentlessly teased by my white classmates that I had “slits” for eyes, that my food smelled bad, that my face was so flat it looked like it had been “run over by a car.”

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Atlanta Journal Constitution

‘You never know in this crazy world’: Families pick up pieces after spa shootings

A small group gathered for a vigi lThursday night outside the Cherokee spa to pay their respects and remember the victims. Dan and Miranda Wicker, who live in Holly Springs, took their young daughter.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the important parts of coverage after a tragedy is the major local newspaper, which will cover what happened and the response to it long after all the national news trucks have gone on to another topic. Here our algorithm highlighted work from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Variety

How Hollywood Is Complicit in the Violence Against Asians in America

Reading the comments is rarely a good idea. But when opening a breaking news tweet on March 16 about a rash of horrific murders across Atlanta, including six Asian woman working in three separate spas, the overwhelming sameness of the replies was unavoidable, infuriating, and instructive.

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The Daily Beast

Newlyweds’ Romantic Night at Atlanta Massage Parlor Turned to Terror

Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez and her husband of less than a year wanted the night to themselves away from their kids on Tuesday.

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The Times (UK) ($)

Misogyny to be classed as hate crime from autumn

Crimes motivated by misogyny will be recorded as a hate crime by police in England and Wales after the government bowed to campaigners’ demands following the murder of Sarah Everard. Ministers have announced that from the autumn forces will be asked to record and identify crimes of violence, including stalking and sexual offences, believed by the victim to have been motivated by “hostility based on their sex”.

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Adweek

Ask How I’m Doing as an Asian American Woman, Not Where I’m From

After an elderly Asian man was murdered in San Francisco, it took days before his story made it to the news and was later called a hate crime. While the violence continued, it would take another few weeks for his story to go mainstream. It’s now mid-March, and as numerous Asian women are killed in a shooting rampage, the headlines have yet to bring attention to Asians nor the racist motivations of these unfortunate events. Omission of this detail is another reflection of how the media is catering toward their predominantly white audience. Even when we’re being blatantly targeted, we’re invisible to the world.

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USA Today

He was getting a massage for his back pain. Then the shooter walked in and started killing people

Marcus Lyon heard the first gunshot and bolted upright on the massage table.

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CBS San Francisco

Asian American Attacks: Elderly Chinese Woman Who Clobbered Her Attacker Talks About Terrifying San Francisco Assault

SAN FRANCISCO — A 75-year-old Chinese woman who fought back when attacked on San Francisco’s Market Street Wednesday morning spoke to KPIX 5 about turning the tables on her assailant, leaving him with injuries that hospitalized him.

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The New Daily

Fears stalks Asian-Australians as racist attacks surge

One woman is spat on. Another punched in the face. A group of international students are told they’re going to be killed as they’re walking home.

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UC Berkeley

Berkeley expert: In times of crisis, anti-Asian violence is an American tradition

Tuesday’s mass shootings at a string of massage parlors in the Atlanta area left eight people dead, including six people of Asian descent. Investigators have not confirmed a motive, but those killings — along with a rise in anti-Asian attacks in major cities — are an unsurprising reminder of the long history of anti-Asian violence in America, said UC Berkeley Asian American studies associate professor Lok Siu.

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Boston Globe

Asian American women shaken by Atlanta-area killings

Historian Ellen Wu, director of the Asian American Studies Program at Indiana University, said Tuesday’s killings stem from a wretched tradition of discrimination against Asian women, who are stereotyped not only as passive and submissive, but as hypersexual and exotic.

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The Guardian

Why do so many straight men come to resent the women they find attractive?

To be able to experience sexual attraction without it becoming a source of rage requires a degree of respect that the Atlanta suspect, and men like him, do not possess

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USA Today

‘It just really hit home’: Georgia killings leave unforgettable mark on local businesses

ACWORTH, Georgia — The wall of Rita Barron’s clothing store in a five-shop strip mall has a bullet hole in it. And four people in the shop next door were fatally shot Tuesday.

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Lowy Institute

Lessons From Christchurch

The findings of a New Zealand inquiry apply broadly: government leadership is needed to combat far-right extremism.

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Editor’s Note:

Fear of violence against minority groups is not just a worry in the United States. Here the Lowy Institute writes off of a report from the Royal Commission of Inquiry with recommendations after the Christchurch attack. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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The 19th

‘We need protection’: Georgia official addressed anti-Asian violence two days before shooting

‘People are scared. I wanted people in our legislature to realize this was going on,’ state Sen. Michelle Au told The 19th in the wake of deadly Atlanta area shootings.

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Star Tribune

Fears of racist violence grow for Minnesota’s Asian Americans

Since April 2020, about 7% of the Human Rights Department’s COVID-related calls have been reports alleging anti-Asian Pacific Islander bias and discrimination — which means Minnesotans of Asian descent are being affected to an extent that is disproportionate to their share of the population.

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ABC News

Why anti-Asian hate incidents often go unreported and how to help

Many people still “doubt there is such a thing as anti-Asian racism.”

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Bloomberg

How Biden Can Stand Up for Asian Americans

U.S. leaders and institutions need to develop long-term strategies for countering violence and hate.

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TIME

‘This Isn’t Just a Problem for North America.’ The Atlanta Shooting Highlights the Painful Reality of Rising Anti-Asian Violence Around the World

For Mai-Anh Peterson, hearing the news from Atlanta, Ga., that eight people, six of them Asian-American women, were killed at three spas on March 16 was the latest painful incident in an unrelenting timeline of global anti-Asian violence. “We’re all feeling a collective trauma,” says Peterson, who is a co-founder of besea.n, Britain’s East and South East Asian Network. “It also has a wider ripple impact on the Asian diaspora worldwide, because of course, we know that this isn’t just a problem for North America.”

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Gothamist

Asian New Yorkers Steel Themselves Against Violence After Atlanta Shootings That Left Eight Dead

The shooting deaths of eight people in Georgia, including six women of Asian descent, have reverberated within Asian communities nationally, including those in New York City, which has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence since the early days of the pandemic last year.

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South China Morning Post

Exclusive | Eileen Gu calls out ‘domestic terrorism’ of Asian-Americans amid spike in coronavirus-related violence – ‘killing more Asian people isn’t going to kill the virus’

The 17-year-old two-time world champion recalls fleeing a racially charged attack with her grandmother last year

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KQED

‘Enough Is Enough’: Asian American Community Leaders and Bay Area Officials React to Atlanta Shootings

“When I saw it last night, it broke my heart. It just simply broke my heart,” said Malcolm Yeung, executive director of the Chinese Community Development Center, which owns and operates low-income housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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Editor’s Note:

While the events of this week took place in Georgia, many local news outlets have been reporting on their communities’ reactions and efforts to prevent violence. Here our algorithm highlighted one from California. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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CTV News

Reports of Anti-Asian hate crimes are surging in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Research shows that there has been a significant increase of hate crimes against Asian-Canadians since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with major cities seeing crime rates that are six and seven hundred percent higher than the previous year.

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The Gateway Online

Being a working class Asian woman shouldn’t be a death sentence

Anti-racism movements are necessary in Asian communities, especially for our most marginalized members.

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Religion News

The Atlanta massacre is yet another reminder we desperately need race-conscious discipleship

As I have watched the ways the church in the United States has engaged in these dangerous realities Asian Americans face (as well as other racialized minority groups including Black, brown and Native Americans), it has become abundantly clear we need more than a public/congregational prayer and a sermon. What we need is a commitment to a race-conscious discipleship. We need a commitment for churches to address race from an informed perspective.

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