Heightened fear among the Asian American community

More and more Asian Americans are carrying items for personal defense and are taking self-defense trainings.

Quote: “In April, [Kenji Jones] distributed nearly 3,000 canisters of pepper spray and more than 1,000 personal alarms. During another giveaway, he was met with throngs of people and ran out of supplies within 20 minutes. And last weekend, at a Chinatown event, thousands more devices — including kubotans (keychain weapons), whistles and more pepper spray — were distributed.”