TAIPEI (The China Post) — A Taiwanese woman studying for her master’s degree in the U.S. was a victim of an anti-Asian hate crime attack on Sunday.
According to foreign media reports, Teresa was on her way home after dining with friends when she was suddenly attacked by an African-American woman.
Security footage provided by the New York Police Department (NYPD) showed the attacker suddenly intercepting Teresa and a friend, shouting “Take off your mask,” and subsequently picking up a hammer to attack Teresa.
The aggressive woman punched and kicked the two women repeatedly and Teresa later took out a wine bottle for self-defense.
According to the NYPD’s current investigation, Teresa doesn’t know the woman. Police believe that the attacker was drunk as she was walking unsteadily and muttering to herself.
The 31-year-old sustained several injuries and required seven stitches to her head.
At present, police have issued a wanted warrant for the aforesaid women.
Due to this attack, the student revealed that she is considering moving back to Taiwan.
According to local Chinese-language media reports, Teresa grew up in Taiwan with her parents. She traveled to New York in 2019 to study fashion design.
She returned to Taiwan for some time during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 but headed back to the U.S. in April to continue her studies.
Having originally planned to move to California after graduation, Teresa said that she’s considering moving back to Taiwan after the attack, adding that “the physical pain cannot be compared to the mental trauma I endured.”
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States and the attacks on Asian people have become even more frequent as the situation worsens.