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Crimes Against Koreans And Chinese In Flushing Increasing

From JoongAng

Jan 17, 2003

By Ahn, JoonYong

Racially-motivated crimes have continued to occur to Asians in Flushing, Queens. These crimes have mostly affected Koreans or Chinese, who have become victims of crime, ranging from curse words to serious violence.

On January 14th in Flushing, a 30-year-old Korean woman had a car crash with a male driver, who humiliated her by saying, Go back to your country! One Korean man in his fifties, who is the manager of a store in Manhattan, is going to sue the landlord because the building owner recently raised his rent and no one else’s in the building without proper reason.

It has been said that some students who confuse South Korea with North Korea made fun of Korean students, as the potential nuclear crisis with North Korea is a major issue in the media these days.

On January 3rd, four white people cursed and assaulted a Chinese woman, who was having dinner with her friends in a Bayside restaurant. The New York Police Department is in the process of investigating this case.

Before this happened, on December 25th, 2002, some insulted Koreans scrawling curses on several walls at the Grace Korean Presbyterian Church in Bayside, Queens. According to the church officials, it was not the first time that students threw stones at the church. Similar incidents have occurred at other Korean churches as well.

It is necessary that the whole Asian community should come up with some kind of common solution regarding recently increasing racial-motivated crimes, said Kim, Ki-ho, a chief of the Korean American Community Empowerment Council.

As the Asian population increases in Queens, so does racial-motivated crime, targeting especially Chinese or Korean people, said Terrence Park, a chief of the Human Rights Department at Korean Association of New York. Victims should report to the police department immediately and try to get help from local civil right groups and politicians.

Now that hate crimes can be serious crimes, make sure to report them to the police department so that the police can recognize their seriousness and deal with them actively, said Kim, Ki-su, a police officer at the 109th precinct.

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

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