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Story by Jayati Ramakrishnan | The Oregonian/OregonLive - Story Source
Published on Thursday March 18, 2021 - 11:27 PM

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Oregon have been on high alert for the past several months, as hate crimes and violence against those communities have increased nationally.

Their fears were further realized Tuesday when eight people — including six Asian American women — were killed in a series of shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area.

"I am feeling sad and angry," Rep. Khanh Pham, an Asian American legislator who represents the Jade District, said in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive. "I'm feeling sick to my stomach. I am scared for our community."

Pham said Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are carrying a fear of violence and urged elected leaders to acknowledge and address the pattern of attacks against the communities.

"I'm drawing strength from the resilience and strength of our communities," Pham said. "We all need to come together to advocate for change."