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May 7, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I GO ON SOLO…

I go on solo beach walks/runs in the mornings. A couple of weeks ago (before the CDC updated their guidelines saying it’s OK to be outside without a face covering), a man sitting on the seawall started yelling at me for wearing a face covering. “Hey you! Ain’t nobody wearing a mask out here. Yeah, you in the green leggings. Nobody is wearing a mask! You hear me, [email protected];an?!” This…
Little Caribbean
May 6, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: [Harassment on a train…

Many years ago, I witnessed a man verbally harassing a middle school aged girl on a train in Japan when I was just out of high school. I noticed everyone was ignoring him. I then went and greeted the girl like I was her friend and asked if she wanted to sit in the next car. I paid no attention to the man when I was distracting. This form of…
Polk Gulch
May 5, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: AT INTERSECTION OF PINE

At intersection of Pine and Polk St in San Francisco, got spat on twice randomly by some middle age white male who took his mask off as I approached crossing the street at the intersection. I jumped away to dodge his first spit then he spat at me again which I dodged again. A passer by witnessed it and asked me if I was okay. I was too shaken to…
Downtown Seattle
May 3, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS COMMUTING BACK

I was commuting back home from an event on a city bus, sitting at the front, right behind the driver. The bus was VERY packed with people. The man sitting next to me started commenting on my appearance; first on my hair, then on my clothing, then on my body. I was wearing a skirt that hit just above my knees with tights on, and he started leaning very close…
Seoul
May 3, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS AT A…

I was at a nighttime pool party while living in Seoul. My friend pointed out a Korean woman in the pool who was being approached by an American man. He kept advancing and she kept backing up. This was going on for several minutes and so I jumped in the pool and approached her, acting like i knew her. She didn’t catch on that I was trying to help and…
West Loop
May 3, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS IN LINE…

I was in line at the pharmacy and a guy was harassing a young Asian woman two people ahead of me. She was clearly uncomfortable and giggling to cope but was clearly and relatively loudly saying "leave me alone". No one else said or did anything or I said loudly "dude, she asked you to leave her alone." To which he replied "I know her." So I said I don't…
Newark
May 1, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS WALKING TO…

I was walking to my car with my disabled sister in the Costco parking lot when a Hispanic Male honked is horn and proceeded to roll down his window and yelled that we were in his way. The two Costco employees nearby did not do anything nor did anyone else within a 10 foot distance.
April 30, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS A TEENAGER…

I was a teenager at Grand Beach in Manitoba with my two older, adult cousins when a group of people started to throw rocks at us and mock us with racial slurs. They weren't super close to us so they were talking pretty loudly for us to hear, but no bystander said anything or did anything, even though they had to have heard and saw what they were doing. We…
April 30, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS AT A…

I was at a store and the cashier told me I had 'flawless' English. To which I informed her there are MANY Asian Americans who have FLAWLESS English. I felt annoyed and offended that she thought that was OKAY to say to me. I want people to know that there are probably more Asians in American now who speak FLAWLESS English then there are not and it is so inappropriate…
April 29, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS AT AN…

I was at an intersection and saw a man push a young woman to the ground who was standing, waiting to cross the street. While another bystander addressed the man, I went to the young woman, who by the time I caught up with her, she had crossed the street. I kept my distance (covid), addressed her, asked how she was feeling, and how it must have frightened her -…
April 29, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS THE MANAGER…

I was the manager of an upscale restaurant/bar and mentioned to a couple who were "regulars" that I would be away for 10 days as I was going to Japan for my son's wedding. The woman was outraged and asked " How can you allow your son to marry a Japanese woman?" I replied that " first of all, he's an adult and doesn't need my permission and that she…
New York
April 28, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS WAITING TO…

I was waiting to cross a busy street in NYC when I heard a man walking in my direction yelling, “Damn, mami.” I didn’t look his way and tried to see if I could cross the street. There were too many cars. I realized that I needed to wait for the light. I held my breath, hoping that he would pass by without incident. A moment later, he was grabbing…
Montréal
April 28, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS ENTERING A…

I was entering a bar with a group of friends. I was the only woman and person of colour in the group. As we entered another group was leaving for a smoke break. One of the smokers advanced his face in mine and started yelling nonsensical Chinese gibberish to me. He walked away and laughed. I stood in shock while the people who accompanied me said nothing. Notably, I was…
April 28, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I LIVE IN A…

I live in a small university town in Ohio. The students often use bedsheets to create signs and hang them on their porch. In late April, 2020, I was out running and on a busy street I saw a bedsheet sign that I read "Honk to stop the Chinese virus!" When I ran I thought I read Honk to Stop the Coronavirus but I realized it didn't say that. I…
New York
April 28, 2021

PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS RIDING THE…

I was riding the subway during peak, and so I had to stand. I'd just gotten onto the train and the middle-aged man standing next to me, I guess upset that I, obviously trans/queer, was standing next to him, started calling me a slur out loud. I hadn't even looked in his direction (I was reading a book). I moved away from him, but he continued to say degrading things…