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Violence Against Asian Americans | Coronavirus Q&A

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The escalating violence and discrimination against people of Asian descent is resonating in Kansas and Missouri.

The mass shooting in the Atlanta area Tuesday cast a spotlight on a problem that’s been festering for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kansas City, some Asian-owned businesses are seeing business fall off and local Asian officials are asking leaders in both states to call attention to the violence and condemn it.

  • Fanny Fang (D-Manhattan), former candidate for the Riley County Commission
  • Rui Xu (D), represents District 25 in the Kansas House of Representatives

Segment 2, beginning at 27:41: Vaccinations are underway, tempting some to abandon CDC health protocols. However, the presence of COVID-19 variants make it "vitally important to continue to do those things so we can help decrease the spread," says Dr. Dana Hawkinson.

Up To Date asked the public to send us questions about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and vaccinations, then opened the phone lines for even more queries. When it comes to the three vaccines authorized for emergency use, all are displaying success at "preventing hospitalization, severe disease and death," according to Dr. Hawkinson, who added, "whichever one you can get, go ahead and get."

  • Dr. Dana Hawkinson, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Health System

Fanny Fang was incorrectly introduced as a "former candidate for the Kansas legislature." The introduction should have said that Ms. Fang was a former candidate for county commissioner in Riley County, Kansas.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.
Zach Wilson