More than 3,000 hate incidents directed at Asian Americans nationwide have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate.
"When I see this, and when he runs across the street and kill him without taking anything from my father, I think it's a hate crime," Monthanu said.
While not all crimes against Asian Americans are hate crimes, advocates say the community is being targeted, and they believe it's driven by misinformation about COVID-19.
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"Right now, the ability to fight hate crimes is very uneven across the different jurisdictions," Chu said.
She hopes the Biden administration will support new legislation to track and prosecute hate crimes.
Chu and many members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community said former President Trump not only failed to protect its members, but his rhetoric led to their pain.
In a new statement, the Justice Department said it is committed to stopping the attacks and said the department has trained hundreds of prosecutors and law enforcement officers to identify, investigate, and prosecute hate crimes over the past few months.