What Next

The Persistence of Anti-Asian Violence

Faced with government inaction, community organizations are stepping up. But they say they shouldn’t have to.


Episode Notes

In early 2020, reports of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders began to go up. More alarming is that two years later, the attacks don’t seem to be going anywhere. Why, after so much time passed, hasn’t the story changed?

Guest: Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.