Virulent Hate Reports

Virulent Hate Report: Anti-Asian Racism in 2020

Anti-Asian Racism in 2020

May 17, 2021

The Virulent Hate Project reviewed 4,337 news articles published in 2020, identifying 1,023 incidents of anti-Asian racism, which included 679 incidents of anti-Asian harassment and vandalism and 344 incidents of stigmatizing and discriminatory statements, images, policies, and proposals. Asian and Asian American people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders experienced racist harassment, but women and people of Chinese descent experienced most of the attacks. Incidents across the US peaked in March and April 2020, with incidents happening most frequently in businesses, on public transit, and on streets. In incidents for which there were reported details about the individuals who were the source of anti-Asian racism, the majority of the offenders were identified as male, white, and, in the case of politicians, affiliated with the Republican Party.

Stop AAPI Hate

THE RETURN OF “YELLOW PERIL” | Anti-AAPI Rhetoric and Policies Leading up to the 2020 Election

October 21, 2020

This report reviews anti-Asian American rhetoric by politicians, including rhetoric related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the months preceding the 2020 presidential election.


Anti-Chinese Rhetoric Tied to Racism against Asian Americans

June 17, 2020

Report finds that xenophobic statements about China and Chinese people correlate with incidents of racism against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic