An Asian grandma who fought back against an attacker in San Francisco last week is now donating the nearly $1 million raised on her behalf to the Asian community.
Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, was attacked on San Francisco’s Market Street while waiting to cross at a traffic light.
She picked up a piece of wood from the side of the street and defended herself against the 39-year-old man that punched her in the face, police said.
Her family started a GoFundMe campaign that was meant to help her pay medical bills. But on Monday she announced that she would instead be donating the more than $919,000 raised to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
“First of all, I would like to thank everyone that has donated and supported my family. Hate crimes towards Asians are nothing new. It has happened since the first Asian immigrants arrived in America. But during the pandemic, hate crimes towards the AAPI community have accelerated at an alarming rate,” Xie’s grandson John Chen wrote in an update in the campaign.
The grandma told her family she wanted all the money generated by her GoFundMe fundraiser to go “back to the Asian American community to combat racism,” her grandson John Chen said in an update.
“She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her. This is my grandma, grandpa, and our family’s decision. We hope everyone can understand our decision,” he wrote.
Xie’s family said she is doing better physically and mentally.
“Her eye is no longer swelled to the point of not being able to open it,” the update on the GoFundMe page read. “She is now starting to feel optimistic again and is in better spirits.”
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