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gothamist: Demonstrators, elected officials rally after surge in anti-asian hate and violence

Many Asian Americans attending the rally said they no longer felt safe in their neighborhoods. Others said they’d altered their behavior to minimize the risk of being assaulted.

“I am less likely to go out late at night,” said Julie Won, a City Council candidate in Queens who said she tried to find non-Asian companions to accompany her on outings. “I don’t feel safe, so I personally have to make sure I’m with people who are going to protect me, who will stand up for me.”

Won said she’d also resumed the jiu-jitsu classes she once took as a child.

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