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Yellow Whistle Campaign Raises Awareness About Asian Hate Crimes

Whistles are handed out to the community as part of The Yellow Whistle project in Mira Mesa on May 24, 2021.
Alexandra Rangel
Whistles are handed out to the community as part of The Yellow Whistle project in Mira Mesa on May 24, 2021.

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate is continuing his efforts to fight against Asian hate by helping launch The Yellow Whistle campaign in Mira Mesa, a community where one in every three residents is Asian.

The campaign is a nationwide effort to stand in solidarity with the Asian community. When someone blows the one of the yellow whistles, it means someone is being attacked and it is a call for help.

Lilly Cheng, Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs of San Diego is hoping the yellow whistle will help Asians feel protected and seen.

“Yellow has been used and has been weaponized as a way to get rid of the yellow people. We would like to turn this color around and call this not yellow peril, but yellow pride,” Cheng said.

A recent study from Stop AAPI Hate, reported a sharp rise in Asian hate crimes nationwide, with over 6,000 incidents reported in a year.

VIDEO: Yellow Whistle Campaign Raises Awareness About Asian Hate Crimes