Meet the TV Journalists Leading Coverage of the Rise in Anti-Asian Violence

J. Clara Chan and Lawrence Yee
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Since the start of the pandemic, more than 3,000 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting center that tracks hate, violence, harassment and discrimination targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. On the front lines leading coverage of these attacks are KGO anchor/reporter Dion Lim in the San Francisco Bay Area and WABC reporter CeFaan Kim in New York City. While they work on opposite coasts, the stories they’ve reported are the same: unprovoked violence against Asians (especially elders), personal and property theft, and incidents of hate speech and vandalism. Every day, they’re hearing more and more. TheWrap spoke with Lim and Kim about their approach to reporting on these attacks, the struggles they’ve faced in encouraging victims to speak out and the impact their coverage is having on the larger discussion of racism in America. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. TheWrap: What’s the biggest challenge reporting on these crimes? Dion Lim: My parents always said, “Keep your head down, your nose clean, do well in school, don’t cause a fuss.” And at the beginning of the pandemic, we saw that rise in xenophobia and hate toward Asian Americans in hate...

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