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CSUSB study shows surge in Anti-Asian hate crimes in some U.S. cities
WTTW Chicago  
March 9, 2021

Anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police departments in 16 of the country’s largest cities surged by 149% in 2020, according to a forthcoming report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Center director Brian Levin was among the panelists interviewed for the segment.

The report cites steep increases in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Boston, although it didn’t note any increase in Chicago. The researchers tied the increase in anti-Asian sentiment to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting a 7% drop in overall hate crimes in 2020 compared to anti-Asian hate crimes in 15 major U.S. cities.

Asked whether the official FBI hate crime report will reflect a similar trend when it is released later this year, Levin responded that “the big question is, of the ones that we’ve classified just as crimes, are they getting reported to police? And if the majority do, we’re not only going to see a probable century high, we may even see an all-time high for FBI reported hate crimes; the record for that was in ’96. … But this is going to be a pivotal year. Hate crimes (overall) are down, attacks against Asian people are up at historic levels.”

Watch the segment at “Study shows surge in Anti-Asian hate crimes in some U.S. cities.”

The center’s research was also highlighted by NBC News on March 9: “Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by nearly 150% in 2020, mostly in N.Y. and L.A., new report says.”

Scholarships at stake in WorldQuest competition, coordinated and hosted by a CSUSB history professor
Uken Report
March 10, 2021

Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage took first place from a field of eight Coachella Valley high schools during the 16th annual Academic WorldQuest competition held virtually on March 4. Team members included Jake Sonderman, Sara Habibipour, Elizabeth Shay, Evan Spry and Coach Andrea Coffey.

The competition is usually hosted by Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus in the Indian Wells Theater, but arrangements were made to hold WorldQuest virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was hosted and coordinated by Michael Karp, an assistant professor of history at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.

Read the complete article at “Scholarships at stake in WorldQuest competition.”

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