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Exploring The History Of Anti-Asian Hate And Discrimination In Idaho


Across the country, Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities are coming together and standing up to often deadly hate and violence directed at their people. Between March of 2020 and February 2021, the group “Stop AAPI Hate” has received almost 4,000 reports of hate incidents against this marginalized group. Accounts of violence and malice continue to come in, and experts say the actual number is far higher than what’s been reported. 


Idaho has its own shameful history of racism and bigotry against people of Asian descent.

[asset-pullquotes[{"quote": "\"These discrimination practices happened here even in good ole Boise, Idaho. Unless we educate people no one gets to hear about [the discrimination].\" - Sam Hui ", "style": "pull"}]]Idaho Matters explores some of that history, with the hope that we can learn from it. Our guests today: Boise State University Anthropology Professor Pei-Lin Yu, Community Organizer Dalton Dagondon Tiegs and Sam Hui, who is a retired entrepreneur from Boise.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!
Gustavo Sagrero has spent his early years as part of many Boise community projects; from music festivals, to Radio Boise, to the Boise Weekly, before leaving his hometown to work in fine dining abroad. Si gusta compartir un relato, no duda en comunicarse.