Asian Americans Mark Lunar New Year Amid Ongoing Hate Crimes

With the start of the Lunar New Year, many are looking forward to carrying out family traditions and joining in community celebrations.

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Volunteers, Alex Koi, foreground, and his son Lipsun Koi, 20, help install anti-slip tape on the front steps of the Thien Hau Temple ahead of the crowds expected for the Lunar New Year of the Tiger celebrations in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. The Lunar New Year of the Tiger celebrations will occur on Feb. 1, amid warnings against travel and large gatherings due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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For two years now, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country have endured racist verbal, physical and sometimes deadly attacks fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. With the start of the Lunar New Year, many are looking forward to carrying out family traditions and joining in community celebrations throughout February. These include family dinners and giving children red envelopes filled with money. New York, Chicago and San Francisco are among the cities with parades planned…

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