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Forecasting the post-pandemic economy for the region is difficult, CSUSB professor says
The Press-Enterprise/Southern California News Group

March 14, 2021

The Southern California’s economy endured some of the nation’s harshest “stay at home” measures to battle the spread of coronavirus. In its wake, the four-county area was 749,600 jobs short of pre-pandemic levels. But as the second year of this era begins, the virus seems on the wane with vaccines promising to curb the number of potential victims.

Now, crystal ball predictions of the frenetic Southern California economy are rarely easy, and forecasting 2021 is as complex as a 3-D puzzle.

“On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the most difficult, I’d rate it a 376.59,” says professor Barbara Sirotnik, who teaches forecasting at Cal State San Bernardino. “There are just too many unknowns. The economic landscape is constantly shifting under our feet. But what would be the challenge in forecasting a stable system?”

Read the complete article at “10 pandemic puzzles Southern California’s economy must solve.”

CSUSB professor co-authors article, ‘Pandemic, Parenting and Academic Productivity—Oh My!’
PA Times
March 15, 2021

Pamela Medina, CSUSB assistant professor of public administration, co-wrote an article for the American Society for Public Administration’s news site on the challenges faced by college faculty a juggling research, teaching and service work with child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These challenges have not lessened the pressure to publish, and parents on the tenure track have found themselves dealing with ‘publish or perish’ while also managing domestic responsibilities with their children in a home environment,” Medina wrote with co-author Lauren Azevedo of Penn State Harrisburg. “These faculty are often not equipped with the physical spaces needed for their own research and teaching, much less managing virtual classrooms for children.”

Read the complete article at “Pandemic, Parenting and Academic Productivity—Oh My!

The pandemic jump in reported anti-Asian hate crimes is ‘the tip of the iceberg,’ CSUSB professor says
The Christian Science Monitor
March 12, 2021

More than one year into the coronavirus outbreak, it’s becoming clearer that the pandemic has unwelcome side effects that go beyond public health. 

Surveying 16 major American cities, researchers at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (CSHE) at California State University, San Bernardino recently noted an alarming spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans in 2020. Even as overall hate-crime reports fell 7%, those against Asian Americans rose by almost 150%. Incident reports of anti-Asian prejudice also grew more violent, with 15% involving physical assault or spitting. Around two-thirds included verbal harassment or threats.

 “We don’t often see these kinds of spikes,” says Brian Levin, director of the CSHE. And due to vast underreporting – a product of cultural and linguistic barriers, he says – “all we’re doing is measuring the tip of the iceberg.”

The rise fits a pattern of ethnic groups facing discrimination in America, says Professor Levin. Around 2010, hate crimes against Latinos jumped after a raft of unauthorized border crossings. In the middle of the decade, those against Muslims rose, following the San Bernardino shooting in California. 

“This is another unfortunate rotation that often comes about from the combination of a catalytic, fear-inducing event, along with stereotyping and conspiracizing by political leaders and others,” says Professor Levin. 

Read the complete article at “‘Tip of the iceberg’: Mapping the pandemic jump in anti-Asian hate.”

The research of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism related to hate crimes targeting Asian Americans was also mentioned in the following articles:

Hogan tells CNN about wife and daughters’ experiences with anti-Asian discrimination
The Washington Post
March 14, 2021

The governor of Maryland said anti-Asian sentiment during the coronavirus pandemic  has been “a serious problem” his wife, an immigrant from South Korea, and her three adult daughters, putting yet more faces on the increase of hate incidents targeting Asian Americans in the past year.

In 2020, reports of hate crimes were down 7 percent nationally but increased 150 percent against people in the Asian community, according to a study released this month by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino, which examined police records in 16 of the country’s largest cities.

Asian American communities grapple with whether police are the right answer to recent attacks
March 15, 2021

California’s Bay Area has seen a wave of violence toward Asian Americans this past winter. In Oakland, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has documented at least 20 assaults. And in the Bay Area overall, there have been 32 reports of Asian Americans getting assaulted or robbed since the start of the year, according to a February analysis by the San Francisco Chronicle. The motivations behind many of these attacks are currently unclear, though they’ve taken place as anti-Asian incidents have surged during the pandemic. According to a study by Cal State San Bernardino, San Francisco was one of the cities that observed an increase in reports of hate crimes toward Asian Americans in the past year.

Stand for Asians Solidarity hosts unity rally
The Orange County Register
March 13, 2021

An article about the Rally for Unity event was organized by Stand for Asians Solidarity at Irvine City Hall on March 13 included mentions of an analysis of preliminary police data released March 2 by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, which indicated hate crimes against Asians increased 149% last year among the 16 largest cities in the nation.

Asian American, Pacific Islander community leaders in LA urge action against hate crimes
KABC 7 Los Angeles
March 12, 2021

One of the ugly trends during the pandemic has been the increase in hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. There have been cases caught on video of physical and verbal assaults.
"The number of hate incidents in this country continues to grow both in numbers as well as severity," said Connie Chung Joe with the group Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, from 2019 to 2020, hate crimes against Asian Americans in Los Angeles more than doubled, from seven in 2019 to 15 in 2020.
Overall hate crime during the same period went up 9%. Advocacy groups gathered near downtown L.A. Friday calling for action to prevent crimes.

NHK World, the English-language Japanese news network, on March 14, 2021, published its coverage of the rally, with mention of the CSHE report, at, “Rally held in LA against anti-Asian hate crimes.”

He ‘took away my freedom:’ Anti-Asian hate crime survivor fights back
Spectrum 1 News Los Angeles
March 13, 2021

A segment about an Arcadia woman recounting an encounter a year ago in which she was the target of a racist verbal attack included mention of the recent study by Cal State San Bernardino, which reported that hate crimes against Asian-Americans in Los Angeles more than doubled last year.

Quincy leaders to hold forum on anti-Asian racism amid uptick in discrimination, hate crimes
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)
March 15, 2021

An article about city leader holding a forum on anti-Asian racism reported that several national studies have shown an increase anti-Asian incidents since the beginning of the pandemic.

A study released earlier this month from the California State University at San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism showed a 149 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes nationally, with a 133 percent increase in Boston. The study showed other hate crimes had dipped slightly.

An 83-year-old Asian American woman was spat on and punched so hard she blacked out, police say
The Washington Post
March 13, 2021

An article about an attack on an elderly Asian American woman in White Plains, N.Y., included mention of the report this week by the Center for the Study of the Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino, which found that anti-Asian hate crimes jumped nearly 150 percent in the country’s largest cities last year, even as overall hate crimes fell 7 percent. In New York City, there were 28 reported hate crimes against Asians last year, up from three in 2019, according to the study.

The Business Insider also published its version of the account on March 13, 2021, at “An 83-year-old Asian American woman was spit on, punched in the nose, and knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack.”

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