The family of a 75-year-old Chinese grandmother have raised over $900,000 after she was racially attacked in San Francisco. She and her surrounding family have decided what to do with the money raised. It will be invested back into the Asian American community as a means to tackle racism against Asian Americans.
Xiao Zhen Xie was able to defend herself against her attacker. However, she was left with two profusely bleeding black eyes and a swollen wrist. The incident has been one of several racist attacks targeted towards Asian Americans.
After a GoFundMe page was set up by her grandson John Chen to raise money for Xiao Zhen Xie’s medical expenses, therapy treatment and bills, public awareness of the incident increased and there was an overwhelming and much-appreciated level of financial support. The original goal of the crowdfunding campaign was to raise $50,000. However, the funds have surpassed that to a very impressive $973,350 and counting.
In an update on the GoFundMe page, Chen stated: “When we visited our grandma yesterday and today her overall mental and physical health has improved. Her eye is no longer swelled to the point of not being able to open it. She is now starting to feel optimistic again and is in better spirits. She said we must not summit to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary.
“She also stated multiple times to donate all the funds generated in this GoFundMe back to the Asian American community to combat racism. She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her. This is my grandma, grandpa, and our family’s decision. We hope everyone can understand our decision.”
Funds raised will go to the AAPI community – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
You can donate here.