Clockwise from top left: Michele Pokopac, Samson Syharath, Jane Jung, Ping Chong, Lily Tung Crystal, Tisa Chang, and Ely Sonny Orquiza (photo by Paciano Triunfo).
This story is one in a series on the rise in anti-Asian hate and the American theatre’s response. Another one, about the stereotyping and objectification of Asians in the theatre, is here; another, on the controversy around the L.A. Ovation Awards, is here.
Last year, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 149 percent in 10 of the nation’s largest cities. More broadly, 58 percent of Asian Americans say it is more common for them to hear people to express racist or racially insensitive views about people who are Asian than it was before the coronavirus outbreak.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans have a long history in this country, but for many, the impact has come closer to home during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early months of the virus’s spread, former President Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus…