Visit our interactive data visualization, Decoding Hate.
While the COVID-19 virus has affected all Americans, the virus of hate in the U.S. has been predominantly directed towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). News headlines only capture a subset of incidents, with thousands more going unreported. Since January 2020, news media have reported more than 800 hate incidents, while Twitter users have reported more than 4,400 additional hate incidents targeting AAPIs.
Our interactive data visualization —Decoding Hate—paints a larger story around the lived experience of anti-Asian hate to gain insight into the nature and volume of hate targeting the community. Thousands of tweets and hundreds of news stories, each represented by a fragment, come together to show a collective portrait of incidents from January 2020 to April 2021. It is important to note that Twitter is only one piece of the puzzle and that data needs to be combined with individual reporting and other methods to get a clearer picture of the full experience.
From January 2020 to April 2021, our data set of combined news incidents and Twitter reports revealed:
TAAF and our partners know there is an urgent need for more robust documentation and collaboration between organizations. This is why we are supporting the formation of the Anti-Hate Data Group. To obtain the latest news data, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This data set and corresponding charts are not intended as a definitive report on the total number or nature of hate incidents facing AAPI communities, and does not include incidents reported directly to organizations like Stop AAPI Hate or Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Additionally, incidents reported on Twitter frequently lack key information such as location or date.
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