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Racism against AAPIs in Austin is nothing new. Here's some history

In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we look at the history and struggles of early AAPI settlers.

Jenni Lee

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Published: 8:31 AM CDT May 17, 2021
Updated: 11:28 AM CDT May 19, 2021

Editor's note: This story is part of a three-part series airing this week. For part two, click here. For part three, click here.

The fastest-growing minority group in the Austin area has seen an uptick in hate crimes and incidents in the past year.

According to a national report, in other parts of the country, that surge is as high as 150%.

Many see the pandemic as the cause, but Asian American and Pacific Islanders, or AAPIs, faced racism decades before that.

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