ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union discussed the wave of violence and harassment against Asian Americans, his family’s experiences, and the need for leaders across the country to speak out.
First Lady Yumi Hogan is a first-generation Korean-American and the first Korean-American First Lady in the United States.
“It really has been a serious problem. My wife, my three daughters, my grandkids are all Asian. They’ve felt some discrimination personally, but they also have close friends—friends of my wife from church, some of my daughters’ friends—who’ve really been treated pretty terribly.
“Hate crimes in general were down 7%, but it was up 150% in the Asian community, and it’s outrageous, it’s unacceptable, and I think it was great that President Biden brought this up. It’s something I’ve been focused on.
“We feel it personally with my daughter, who’s sometimes afraid to come visit us; with people who had best friends that were harassed at the grocery store or being called names, and people yelling about the ‘China virus’ even though they’re from Korea and born in America.
“It’s something we have to get under control, and I wish more people would be speaking out, and I appreciate the president’s remarks.”