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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, was arrested hours after eight people were killed at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.

The escalating violence and discrimination against Asian Americans is resonating in Kansas and Missouri.

The mass shooting in the Atlanta area on Tuesday cast a spotlight on a problem that has been festering for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kansas City, some Asian-owned establishments are seeing a drop in business and local Asian officials are calling on leaders in both states to draw 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

Correction: 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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.