Male violence against Asian women is an ever-present reality

From left Kien Nguyen Tam Nguyen and Ted Nguyen rally to stop anti Asian violence in Los Angeles on Saturday

"With them we can change this world and we can make this world better".

Rallies were held on Saturday following a spate of discrimination and violence targeting Asian-Americans.

Recent studies show the number of hate crimes reported by Asian-Americans jumped significantly since the start of the pandemic. "We're fearful because what happens next, what other violence could there be".

"Everyone I know who is Asian has been a victim of violence or harassment, assault", she told AFP in NY.

Hundreds of people drove past the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in a rally against anti-Asian racism on Saturday.

Irving Lee, a demonstrator in Queens, called "the anti-Asian violence that's been created in his country" a "byproduct of USA foreign policy". Judy Chu, who chairs the Asian Pacific American Caucus.

OPAWL leadership council member Manoa Hui said organizers of Sunday's march plan to ask attendees to sign a letter including a list of demands for elected officials to increase funding for additional resources to the community. "They had the same faith, especially the six Asian women who gave up everything, leaving everything behind to come to this land with the promise of liberty and justice for all", Duan said. We don't know how many women are in these "massage parlours" but a superficial Google search yielded dozens of advertisements in Vancouver of places offering "Exotic Asian massage".

At one point, a group of counter-protesters appeared claiming the rally was organized by people with strong links to the Government of China - which they claimed conducts racist actions against the Uighur Muslim minority in that country.

McDonald said she heard about the rally through a social network around Vancouver Chinatown issues.

Mark Takano, another representative from California, said there were "plenty of non-Asian businesses" that the suspect could have hit on his trip from Cherokee County to Atlanta, so his actions "speak louder" than what he has said.

He called on the Justice Department to help local prosecutors, who he said may not have as much experience with hate crimes cases. "They are seen as invisible and quiet and silent".