Rising hate crime, violence against Asian Americans concerning for local Hmong leaders

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The pandemic and the recent spa attacks in Atlanta, Georgia are shining a bright light on a national issue that’s always been here – but rarely addressed.

Hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans.

La Crosse’s HMOOB Cultural and Community Agency said Friday it has received some reports of incidents targeted toward Asian Americans in our community, including eggs being thrown at a Hmong family’s home and an elderly couple being yelled at and threatened while on a walk.

The agency said although most incidents in our area have been minor there is concern that things could escalate.

“What happened at the national level is what usually happens locally as well so I’m very concerned… especially our elderly that live in the community and those that do not speak the language,” said NaoHoua Tony Yang, HCCA President.

Yang is encouraging Asian Americans who have been victims of a hate crime to report it.

He said if you aren’t comfortable going to the police, reach out to HCCA for help.

Yang is calling on politicians, leaders, and community members to stand up against it hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans.