As Asian-Americans face an increase in assaults and verbal abuse amid the coronavirus pandemic, advocates are tracking hundreds of the incidents online to understand the scope of the problem, which they say appears to be growing and becoming more serious.  California Governor Gavin Newsom has described a “huge increase” in assaults targeting the Asian-American community in his state, and in New York Attorney General Letitia James launched a hotline for victims of coronavirus-related bias crimes. It can be difficult to understand the extent of the problem, advocates say, but knowing the scope can help legitimize the issue and help advocates develop ways to begin to address it. Asian Americans see racism, discrimination amid coronavirus panic “I think it’s important to have as accurate a picture as you can of what the situation looks like here in the states,” said Gregg Orton, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, an umbrella group of advocacy organizations. “It makes people understand that this is the reality and the lived experiences of many Asian-Americans.” Media reports have offered disturbing glimpses into that reality. In New York this month, a student from Korea was punched in the face by a woman who

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