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An elderly Asian woman who received nearly $1m on GoFundMe after she fought back against someone randomly attacking her is planning to donate all of the money to her community to fight racism, her family has announced.
The violent incident against Xiao Zhen Xie was one of many recent attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in America. Stop AAPI Hate tracked nearly 3,800 discriminatory incidents that occured against this community from 19 March 2020 to 28 February 2021.
John Chen, Xie’s grandson who organized the fundraiser, announced plans to donate all of the money yesterday.
“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 submit to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary,” he wrote in a statement.
“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.”
The GoFundMe, which was created with the goal of raising $50,000 to cover Xie’s medical expenses, has now raised more than $900,000.
Xie, 76, picked up a piece of wood and fought back after Steven Jenkins, 39, punched her in the face last week. Xie’s family has said she has suffered from two black eyes, a swollen wrist, PTSD and more following the attack.
In a viral video from the incident, Xie is seen holding a bag of ice to her head while Jenkins is on a stretcher. According to CBS News, police have said Jenkins also attacked a man, 83-year-old Ngoc Pham, just before encountering Xie. He was arrested at the scene.
Xie has lived in San Francisco for nearly 30 years, according to the local CBS affiliate in San Francisco.
Many experts have said that the rise in anti-Asian violence has been triggered in part by racist statements linked to the coronavirus pandemic, especially from leading Republican politicians and the former president Donald Trump.
Following a mass shooting in Atlanta last week – in which six Asian women and two others were killed – there have been widespread protests across the US aimed at combating anti-Asian racism.