U.S. congressional hearing takes on anti-Asian violence two days after Georgia shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers, professors and actor Daniel Dae Kim on Thursday joined a U.S. congressional hearing on anti-Asian discrimination and violence, two days after the fatal shootings of six Asian women and two others in Georgia. The hearing was scheduled before the attack to investigate a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans, which rose by 149% in 2020 in 16 major cities compared with 2019, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Experts have linked the surge to the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China, after some Americans, including former Pr…

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