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Violence Against Asian Americans | Coronavirus Q&A

Authorities investigate a fatal shooting at a massage parlor, late Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Woodstock, Ga. Officials say 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, has been captured hours after multiple people were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.
Mike Stewart
Authorities investigate a fatal shooting at a massage parlor late Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Woodstock, Ga. Twenty-one-year-old Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, was arrested hours after eight people were killed at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.

Asian Americans from Kansas and Missouri respond to the increased violence and racism they are seeing plus we provide answers to your COVID-19 questions.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The escalating violence and discrimination against people of Asian descent is resonating in Kansas and Missouri.

The mass shooting in the Atlanta area Tuesday cast a spotlight on a problem that’s been festering for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kansas City, some Asian-owned businesses are seeing business fall off and local Asian officials are asking leaders in both states to call attention to the violence and condemn it.

  • Fanny Fang (D-Manhattan), former candidate for the Riley County Commission
  • Rui Xu (D), represents District 25 in the Kansas House of Representatives

Segment 2, beginning at 27:41: Vaccinations are underway, tempting some to abandon CDC health protocols. However, the presence of COVID-19 variants make it "vitally important to continue to do those things so we can help decrease the spread," says Dr. Dana Hawkinson.

Up To Date asked the public to send us questions about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and vaccinations, then opened the phone lines for even more queries. When it comes to the three vaccines authorized for emergency use, all are displaying success at "preventing hospitalization, severe disease and death," according to Dr. Hawkinson, who added, "whichever one you can get, go ahead and get."

  • Dr. Dana Hawkinson, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Health System

Fanny Fang was incorrectly introduced as a "former candidate for the Kansas legislature." The introduction should have said that Ms. Fang was a former candidate for county commissioner in Riley County, Kansas.

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Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer and reporter at KCUR Studios, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org.