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Indonesian women in the US: Atlanta shootings and rise in anti-Asian hate crime

Yudhistira Agato

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sat, March 27, 2021  /  08:00 am
Indonesian women in the US: Atlanta shootings and rise in anti-Asian hate crime

Novita Ikasari (left) poses with her daughter (center) and mother in Atlanta, Georgia, where a series of mass shootings on March 16, 2021 claimed eight lives, six of them Asian. The 45-year-old now carries pepper spray and is accompanied by friends whenever she goes out. (JP/Courtesy of Novita Ikasari)

Just over a week ago, a series of mass shootings took place at three spas in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. Of the eight people who were killed, six were Asian American women. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks against Asians in the US, and has left many members of the Indonesian diaspora worrying about their family’s and their own safety. Novita Ikasari, a 45-year-old mother of two who lives in Atlanta and has been in the US for 15 years, said she has been “worried about my kids every day” since the shooting on March 16. Novita said that two of the targeted massage parlors were “located just seven minutes away from where my [adult] daughter lives”. She now carries pepper spray and asks her friends to accompany her when she needs to go out. Tineke Larasati, a 22-year-old university student in Illin...