The GoFundMe for Xiao Zhen Xie has almost hit $1million — and she is giving it all away.
In an update on her fundraiser page, John Chen said his 76-year-old grandmother has insisted on donating all the money to combatting racism.
"When we visited our grandma yesterday and today her overall mental and physical health has improved," he said. "Her eye is no longer swelled to the point of not being able to open it. She is now starting to feel optimistic again and is in better spirits."
"She said we must not [submit] to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary. She also stated multiple times to donate all the funds generated in this GoFundMe back to the Asian American community to combat racism. She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her."
He added: "This is my grandma, grandpa, and our family’s decision. We hope everyone can understand our decision."
In an earlier update thanking everyone for their donations, Chen lamented how hate crimes towards Asians was nothing new, and had been a fact since Asians first came to America.
"But during the pandemic, hate crimes towards the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) community have accelerated in an alarming rate," he said. "Just the thought of leaving your house and being killed or seriously injured for being Asian is an extremely disturbing thought."
"The AAPI community is bleeding from this violence and hatred. We as a community cannot stay silent nor be silenced anymore."
The alleged attacker, 39-year-old Steven Jenkins, faces two charges of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, and two charges of elder abuse. His bond was set at $50,000.
update 3/18/2021 9:00 AM
One elderly lady has had enough of attacks on Asians.
A 76-year-old woman who claimed she was randomly punched on the streets of San Francisco sent her attacker to the hospital after she pummeled him with a stick.
Xiao Zhen Xie told KPIX5 she was waiting to cross at a traffic light on Wednesday morning when a man approached her and punched her in the eye.