“I was shocked … I didn’t know what to do … and it slowly escalated in a way when he approached me and he kept yelling at me for no reason,” Sakura Kokumai, a US karate team, said in an interview with ABC7.
“You’re so small,” the man says. “I’ll find out your boyfriend.”
“There were no racial scams in the beginning,” Kokumai said, “but as he got into his car, he shouted ‘Chinese’ and ̵
Sakura Kokumai says she trained at Grijalva Park – just like she does every day as she prepares for the Olympics. She will represent the United States at the Tokyo Games this summer, as the first American to qualify for the Karate Olympics.
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That’s why she says she was so calm: she knew she could fight back if she had to. She said that the man started harassing her for almost 20 minutes out of nowhere.
“You know what? If it was my mother … what if it was my grandmother … it got scary there because I knew I could handle the situation while I was calm,” Kokumai said. “You don’t want to be aggressive. But my concern was, what if it was someone else?”
In 2020, there were 10 times as many incidents and crimes against Asian Americans in Orange County. Most of these crimes were public, according to the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
Just last month, an 82-year-old Asian American from the Leisure World Retirement Community in Sil Beach received a letter on the day of her husband’s funeral, saying his death was a good thing because it meant “an Asian is less tolerant. . “
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