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Anti-Asian hate crimes up 717% in Vancouver

Anti-Asian hate crimes have risen drastically in Vancouver, Canada. According to CTV News, the city has seen a 717% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020 vs 2019. Overall there was a 97% increase in all hate-crimes in Vancouver. The crimes peaked in May before slowing down in late summer.

In 2019 there were 12 anti-Asian hate crimes reported. However, in 2020 that number jumped to 98. In total, 280 hate crimes were reported in 2020 vs 142 in 2019.

“Our work includes moving forward on anti-racism legislation,” John Horgan, B.C.’s premier said. “But there’s more for all of us to do in our stand against racism and hate in all its forms.”

It is unclear how many of the hate crimes were prosecuted.

“There’s more difficulty in prosecutions,” Horgan said. “But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t follow through.”

In total only one incident was registered as a hate crime in Vancouver last year because of legality in the wording and lack of tracking.

“Most of what are commonly regarded as hate crimes are general offences (assault, uttering threats, mischief are examples) which are motivated by hate,” the B.C. Prosecution Service spokesperson Dan MacLaughlin said. “The BCPS does not track these offences based on the aggravating factors alleged on sentencing or the motivating influence on the accused.”

Anti-Asian hate crimes have seen a significant increase not just in Canada, but the United States as well. California recently announced a bill that would allocate $1.4 million to properly track anti-Asian hate crimes in the state.

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