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After an Asian Teen is Beaten on Camera, Brooklyn Chinese Community Mobilizes Against Bullying

Chinese New Yorkers say the fight represents the insecurity and unfair treatment they have felt in recent years

“Getting bullied is our shared life experience, and we have witnessed it happening again and again without effective intervention from schools or the Department of Education. It’s time for us to step up and say ‘Enough is enough!” said Chen.


Some community members believe that this incident has gone far beyond the scope of anti-bullying — they view it as a reflection of the insecurity felt by the Chinese community due to perceived unfair treatment and crimes in recent years.

“I feel like parents felt so strongly about rallying and speaking up because we saw ourselves,” Yiatin Chu, the president of the Asian Wave Alliance, referring to Saab arriving at Lei’s home with weapons, told Documented. “It was just a very ordinary type of thing that can happen to anyone. And if we don’t do something, we’re going to be next, or our friend or our neighbor could be next.”

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