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Self Evident: Asian America's Stories

Aug 25, 2020

Two incidents of anti-Asian racism — the beating of an elderly grandfather in a San Francisco park and the harassment of a mourning son in a New York pharmacy — reveal an ugly side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the first of three episodes reporting on Asian American responses to anti-Asian hate incidents. Share your thoughts on the stories with us by emailing

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  • Produced by James Boo
  • Edited by Julia Shu
  • Sound mix by Timothy Lou Ly
  • Reporting and production assistance by Prerna Chaudhary
  • Interview recordings by Sonia Paul
  • Self Evident theme music by Dorian Love
  • Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Epidemic Sound
  • Sound effects by Soundsnap

Shout out to

  • Cynthia Choi at Chinese for Affirmative Action SF for her help with research and reporting
  • Sojung Yi and Charles Wang for sharing their stories with us and with the rest of the world
  • Our intern Prerna, who learned roughly two million new skills to help us report, produce, and edit this episode

Resources and Reading

Self Evident is a Studitobe production, made with the support of our listener community. This episode was made with support from the Solutions Journalism Network, and from the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists. Our show was incubated at the Made in New York Media Center by IFP.