Violent and sometimes fatal acts of racial hatred are drawing increasing attention around the nation. Asian American and Asian Canadian authors discuss the impacts of racial crime, exploring the relationship between the physical or verbal acts to issues of ethnic identity, civil rights of immigrants, Internet racism, sexual violence, language and violence, ecomic scapegoating, and police brutality. They offer suggestions for combating hate crime with coalition building and community resisatnce, as well as legal prosecution and police training. The compelling narratives are a valuable resource for courses in Asian American studies, race and ethnic studies, sociology, crimilogy, and for anyone who wants to understand racial violence in North America.
Patricia Wong Hall has been the director, president, and adviser for several Asian American groups for 14 years. She has been a professor, event planner, and diversity consultant. She is also an artist and a poet. Her fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in Asian Week, The Asian American Encyclopedia, Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture, and Identity, and other venues. Victor M. Hwang is the managing attorney of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, directing its Hate Violence/Race Relations project, and co-authoring its annual, national audit on anti-Asian violence.