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Monday, May 3, 2010

Will Angry Asians Deluge Board of Supervisors Meeting -- Again?

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:30 PM

It's unclear if black-on-Asian crime is on the rise. But it's very clear that coverage of said crimes is on the rise, largely due to a string of violent attacks along the T-Third line. One left 83-year-old Huan Chen dead; the above attack on a middle-aged woman was caught on video and quickly disseminated around the Web.

Members of San Francisco's various Asian communities have decided they're mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. Last week, following a rally organized by the Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC), hundreds of Asian men and women lined up into the halls to make public comment during the Board of Supervisors meeting. Some took the Asians on the board to task for not doing more. And other speakers intimated they'd return, again and again, until this problem was addressed.

Whether that will happen, however, is uncertain. APACC Executive Director Tammy Tan said a City Hall rally organized for tomorrow is not her doing. In fact, it appears to be the work of several Asian-Americans behind a Facebook page called "Stop the Violence Against Asian Americans."

As you'd expect of a Facebook-organized group, it appears the organizers are on the younger side. And, since the rally is scheduled for 6 p.m., it is not clear whether the supes will be upbraided to their faces once again.

If so, it'd be a bit awkward. Around a dozen citizens will be presented with commendations tomorrow as part of the Asian Pacific Heritage Awards by Supervisors David Chiu, Eric Mar, and Carmen Chu -- the very supes speakers chewed out last week. 

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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