Asian Americans say Monterey Park killings revive fears, trauma of rising anti-Asian hate around US

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - As investigators began to probe the killing of five women and five men at a dance studio in this predominately Asian American community, members of the

nation’s Asian American community say the incident has revived the fears and trauma brought on by a wave of hate incidents and tragedies that have struck the community over the

last few years. A preliminary description of the shooter said he was an Asian man between the ages of 30 and 50, police said. “Even if we

cannot be sure an attack was racial in intent, it nonetheless can be racial in effect,” said Frank Wu, president of Queens College, City University of New York. “For a community

already traumatized, this is just another terrible moment. It is easy to understand why Asian Americans are anxious.” Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in

your inbox each morning. First Lunar New Year celebration held since COVID pandemic began The Saturday night incident at Star Ballroom Dance Studio,

just after the city had launched its annual Lunar New Year festival, also shook a quiet community just east of downtown Los Angeles that takes pride in its diversity, with annual

Cinco De Mayo celebrations and cherry blossom and Lunar New Year festivals. “This was the beginning of what we thought would be a great time,” Rep. Judy Chu,

D-California, told reporters outside the Monterey Park Civic Center, less than a mile from where the rampage occurred. “This is especially shattering because of that.”