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For Asian American Women, Misogyny And Racism Are Inseparable, Sociologist Says Written By AILSA CHANG

Of the eight victims killed in this week's shooting rampage on massage spas in the Atlanta area, six were women of Asian descent.

Although authorities have said it's too early to declare the attack a hate crime, they said the gunman's actions — relying on the suspect's own words — were not racially motivated, but driven by a sex addiction. He confessed to officers that in committing the acts he wanted to "eliminate" a "temptation."

The implication that racism and sexism are two separate motivations has prompted outrage among Asian American women who say the two have always been inseparable in their experience — especially so in the context of the recent surge in anti-Asian attacks.

Between last March and February, the group Stop AAPI Hate found that Asian women reported 2.3 times more hate incidents than men.

Nancy Wang Yuen, a sociology professor at Biola University who specializes in race and ethnicity in media, told NPR that removing racism from the conversation ignores the history of hypersexualization and fetishization of Asian women in the U.S.

Evolultion of Asian Racism

Orientalism is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Asian peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Asian culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous (

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