Inland Asian American leaders denounce hate crimes, urge vaccines in town hall meeting

By Allyson Escobar, The Sun |

“It’s very traumatizing when we see these (attacks) on an endless loop. It feels like there’s not much hope. But there are so many good Americans and allies of color that have our backs,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, the associate dean of the School of Public Policy at UC Riverside and founder of AAPI Data. “This rhetoric, the rise of xenophobia and white nationalism, has been building up for so many years … we have to be consistent, persistent and vocal in making sure that we push back.”