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People protest in New York's Manhattan on Feb. 27, 2021, against a recent uptick in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.

People protested last month in New York City against an increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.

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Driven by discriminatory rhetoric related to the origin of COVID-19, Asian communities across Texas and the country have faced verbal and physical attacks since the pandemic started a year ago.

But in Houston, with its diverse population, people of Asian descent, like Deqing Yang, say they continue to be embraced and encouraged to help their fellow Texans weather the health crisis.

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