Stock Groups

As employers call workers back to the office, some AAPI women worry


A candle is held by Emily (left) during the candlelight vigil at Portsmouth Square, San Francisco, Calif., Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Stephen Lam | Getty Images

Sometime after DeloitteMichelle Go, consultant shoved to her deathAnother New York City resident, who was seated beneath a R train moving in January, vowed to never take the subway.

Instead of taking the No. Take the No. 6 train from her desk to Dime BankIn midtown Manhattan, the Asian American woman in her late 30s walks to work. Her fear is she will find herself alone on the platform, along with someone unhinged, and that her fate will mirror Go’s 40-year old.

According to the anonymous woman who asked for anonymity, “You don’t feel that the city cares about or wants to do anything about” the matter. “You don’t feel safe. So I’m not going to make the headlines, so I just walk.

One of the things that was lost after the coronavirus pandemic started more than two decades ago is safety in public areas. Asian Americans feel that loss. more acutelyA rise in bias incidents These incidents have risen to an alarming level. 10,905According to Stop AAPI Hate, instances were reported by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders between the beginning of the pandemic and the end of 2021.

According to Stop AAPI Hate (founded in 2020 in response to the rise in Covid-related violence and harassment), 62% of incidents are reported by women.

As employers — especially those in financial services, consulting and law — attempt once againAccording to AAPI, women in AAPI feel dread when they have to call back workers to their offices. Jo-Ann YooExecutive director, Asian American Federation.

“As the city opened up, I had many conversations with people: ‘I am expected to work and I’m afraid. Yoo stated that she is afraid of riding the subway.

Random brutality

In 2020, the coronavirus was officially declared. This caused a flood of attacks seemingly against random Asian Americans. Some incidents were captured on grainy surveillance footage, making them viral and gaining local media attention.

Then comes the after. eight people were murdered in an Atlanta area shooting spree in March 2021 — most of them female AAPI spa employees — the worrisome trend gained national attention. These incidents helped to galvanize the AAPI spa workforce. new generationMore attacks on activists would ensue. Christina Yuna Lee was 35 years old and a creative producer. She died in January. stabbedShe was literally beaten to death in her Chinatown apartment.

Then in March, seven AAPI women were assaultedIn Manhattan, during a 2-hour-long spree. GuiYing Ma (61 years old), was hit in her head with a rock when she was sweeping Queens’ sidewalks. succumbedTo her injuries, she died. A Yonkers woman aged 67 was also pummeled 125 timesIn the vestibule her apartment building, in front of the head.

These attacks brought AAPI issues to national attention for the first-time in many decades. Senseless and seemingly random murders of women, as well as assaults on them like these are evidence that there is a racial bias and it’s hard to refute.

“This is bittersweet because our issues finally are getting attention,” said Cynthia Choi, a San Francisco-based activist who co-founded Stop AAPI Hate. “There’s something in me that asks why Asian women must die before we can take these matters seriously. “

Cynthia Choi, co-executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action speaks at a press conference. Gavin Newsom, other Bay Area Asian American community leaders, and Pacific Islander leaders, speak during a press conference with Gov.

Getty Images| Medianews Group | Getty Images

Stop AAPI Hate’s largest category of incidents is verbal harassment (67%) and physical abuse (16%). The organization estimates that roughly half the incidents take place in public areas, including parks and transit stops.

Choi stated, “We must recognize that there is a problem of street harassment and violence against females.” We must recognize this problem from a very young age. The only thing that is different here is the extreme hate directed at us based upon our race or gender (or both), which has been made worse by Covid-19.

Over 70% of Asian Americans live in the United States. surveyedLast month, Pew Research Center found that many people worry about being attacked or threatened by their ethnicity. The majority of respondents also stated that anti-AAPI violence has been increasing.

Even in broad daylight

Half-dozen AAPI females living in New York, Chicago, San Francisco all had varied experiences. Others felt less concern because they commute by car, or work in remote locations. Other women felt that the pandemic did not highlight their existing concerns, as they were minority women.

Most people had altered their lives one way or the other to manage anxiety. My An Le is a New York-based recruitment specialist. She says that she seldom leaves her home and she always has pepper spray on hand.

Le stated that “it really sucks” because he used to stroll around with AirPods and listen to serial killer podcasts. “Now I must always have mace with me when I am out and about, even in bright daylight,” Le said.

She added, “I have never been scared by the attack on Manhattan.”

Aetna’s employee, another woman, commutes to work from Park Slope in Brooklyn. She said that Krav Maga classes were a result of an AAPI attack. According to her, the training helps you “feel more confident.”

Some people have not been affected by these attacks. An investment banker of 45 years said that she is extra cautious when taking the subway to SoHo from her company’s headquarters in Times Square. She claims she is always vigilant on trains and she keeps her mobile phone nearby in the event of an emergency.

She says she commutes uptown at least three to four times per week. However, it hasn’t kept her away from going.

According to the managing director, Michelle worked in finance and consulting. She died in my subway station. “But, I experienced the same horrible reaction to every one of them.” [the incidents].”

The AAPI attack is just one example of American violence. Twelve cities were attacked last year. new recordsFor murders. Within the last two weeks, there have been a total of ten murders. Goldman SachsIn the murder of an employee broad daylightTen people died in a racist attack at Buffalo’s supermarket. On the subway, two other victims were also killed. 19 children, 2 teachers, were among the casualties in the massacre at Uvalde elementary school in Texas.

It’s hard to go back

Employers’ efforts to bring back more employees is complicated by the decline in public security. Another factor is the continued spreading of new coronavirus strains. The Dime executive stated that hybrid work and other perks are becoming standard in the workplace, so employees without full-time jobs won’t be accepting them.  

She said, “Once people get to taste flexibility it is hard for them to go back.” We’d be looking for people to fill positions and you would tell them it must be full-time in person. This led to a loss of many candidates.

As a consequence, Manhattan’s office workers now make up only 8 percent. are back full time, according to the Partnership for New York City. Employers reluctantly accepted the hybrid model of work, which has resulted in 38% employees working on average weeksdays at the office.

However, the subways in the city are not yet operational. well belowPre-pandemic ridership levels contribute to safety worries, she stated.

Dime’s executive explained that the city was not as secure as it used be. “If it is nighttime, I take an initiative to get an UberIt’s that simple.