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US has a long history of violence against Asian women

Esther Song tears up as she attends a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in Los Angeles in February 2021. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

US has a long history of violence against Asian women

Esther Song tears up as she attends a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in Los Angeles in February 2021. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

US has a long history of violence against Asian women

Esther Song tears up as she attends a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in Los Angeles in February 2021. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

US has a long history of violence against Asian women

Esther Song tears up as she attends a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in Los Angeles in February 2021. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

American missionaries and military personnel in Asia viewed the women they met there as exotic and submissive.

Esther Song tears up as she attends a community rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence and racist attitudes, in Los Angeles in February 2021. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Karen Leong, Arizona State University and Karen Kuo, Arizona State University

Asian American women understand that the alleged murderer of eight people in Atlanta was acting in keeping with a culture filled with racialized and sexualized views of Asian women. Of the people murdered, four women were of Korean descent and two of Chinese heritage.

The shooter himself, Robert Long, has said he was motivated to act violently because of his self-proclaimed “sex addiction.” He allegedly told investigators that the businesses he attacked represented “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”

Long sought to eliminate the objects of his sexual temptations, Asian women. In doing so, he drew on the U.S.‘s long history of sexualizing Asian American women.

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