After Xiao Zhen Xie was slapped in the face in an unprovoked attack in San Francisco on March 17, she returned a blow of her own. “He harasses old people,” Xie said in a video taped after the attack by CNN affiliate KPIX. “So I gave a punch.”
After the attack, Xie suffered two black eyes, a swollen wrist, and post-traumatic stress disorder, which made her too anxious to raise money for medical bills, according to a GoFundMe site set up by her family.
The GoFundMe raised more than $ 930,000 within a week of the attack. The original target was $ 50,000.
Now her family says that Xie wants the money to go to the Asian American community to fight racism. According to the online fundraiser, the problem is bigger than them.
The site also says that Xie’s mental and physical health has improved. She can now open her injured eye and is “in a better mood”.
Anti-Asian attacks on the rise
The San Francisco Police Department said at the time that a 39-year-old man assaulted an 83-year-old Asian man and was being followed by a security guard when he beat Xie.
The suspect was taken to the San Francisco County Jail and was due to appear in court later that month.
After the attack, police said investigators were “working to determine whether bias is a motivating factor”.
The San Francisco Police Department has stepped up patrols in predominantly Asian neighborhoods following “an alarming spike in brazen anti-Asian violence in recent weeks” in the Bay Area.
Anti-Asian attacks in the United States increased dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate group said they received more than 500 reports of hate incidents against Asia in the first two months of 2021.