A Good Samaritan Who Ended Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Harassed With Paint, Dead Rats
A Good Samaritan who rescued a battered Asian man in Oakland last April was harassed in the months following the assault.
The woman, who identified only as Mychelle, spoke exclusively to KGO-TV about helping repel the attackers. She was on a public bus when video footage shows a man dressed in black punching a man identified as Hua Lin, 69, before hitting him with what appears to be a cane or stick.
Mychelle can be heard in the footage screaming and asking the man if he is okay. She can then be seen moving to stand between Lin and the attacker, pressing him against a plastic armor in an attempt to keep him out of harm’s way. The assailant eventually ran off the bus, but not before repeatedly hitting Mychelle.
In the aftermath of the attack, Mychelle helped hail an ambulance and get treatment for Lin.
“I wouldn’t stand there watching someone get hurt,” said Mychelle, who is said to work for a nonprofit and help provide her local community with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. She was also seen in the footage attempting to take a photo of the assailant.
Coincidentally, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce President Carl Chan was on his way to meet with Lin when the assault took place, and according to KGO, he was also attacked that day. After hearing about Mychelle’s actions, the Chamber of Commerce launched a GoFundMe to raise funds for her.
“Since the attack, [Mychelle] encountered several incidents of harassment and threats. Someone threw paint on his car and punctured his tires. They even tried to intimidate her by putting dead rats in her house, ”the fundraiser page said.
The GoFundMe aims to help her move to a safer community where the likelihood of her being harassed is lower.
“Mychelle risked her life to help someone she didn’t know. She wouldn’t face these threats if she didn’t risk her life to save one of our elders. Let’s show her that we appreciate her help,” Chan said.
While GoFundMe’s original goal was $ 20,000, it has raised over $ 33,000 at the time of publication. Police were reportedly able to find and stop the assailant from the bus thanks to Mychelle’s actions, although his identity has not been disclosed. Despite the danger she was in, Mychelle said she would do the same again.
“That’s what you’re supposed to do. I don’t know how to put it another way,” she said.
News week contacted the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce for comment.