Georgia shootings heighten fear among Northeast Ohio Asian American community

After dropping off flowers Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby stand in support of the Asian and...
After dropping off flowers Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby stand in support of the Asian and Hispanic community outside Young's Asian Massage Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Acworth, Ga. Asian Americans, already worn down by a year of racist attacks fueled by the pandemic, are reeling but trying to find a path forward in the wake of the horrific shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses that left eight people dead, most of them Asian women.(Curtis Compton /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The United States is experiencing an increase in violence against Asian Americans, according to experts.

Shootings at two spas in Atlanta and one in the suburbs Tuesday evening killed eight people, many of them women of Asian descent.

The attack is the latest tragedy to make headlines, but experts point to an uptick in racially-motivated violence starting in 2020.

Nearly 4,000 instances of violence toward Asian Americans were reported to Stop AAPI Hate between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

Stop AAPI Hate received 3,795 reports during that period. However, that number doesn’t reflect a true total due to underreporting, the California organization said in their national report.

Anchor Neeha Curtis spoke with Tessa Xuan, of the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership, about the fear in Asian American communities in Northeast Ohio.

If you are in need of support, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership - @teamopawl on Facebook - is holding an online event Sunday.

You can visit for information. There is also a victim support fund if you would like to donate.

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