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Asian American tech leaders pledge $20M to stop Asian hate

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A group of some 1,000 high tech Asian American executives have so far pledged at least $20 million to stop AAPI hate, reports Marketwatch.

Debby Soo of Open Table is one of those executives who has made the pledge.

She recounts trying to make a purchase in New Hampshire using Apple Pay when the clerk told her she didn’t belong here.

“Knowing about it is different than experiencing it,” she told Marketwatch.

According to Business Insider, executives including DoorDash founder Tony Xu, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, and Zoom CEO Eric Yuan have all signed an open letter addressing the pandemic of hate against Asian Americans.

“We are tired of being treated as less than American, subject to harassment and now, every day, we read about another member of our community being physically attacked — simply for being Asian,” the letter, signed by the group Stand with Asian Americans, read.

The money will be donated to such groups as Asian Pacific Fund, Stop AAPI Hate and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

As a proud Asian American, it is disheartening to see the hatred and violence against our community,” Zoom’s Yuan told CNBC Make It. “Racism in any form is unacceptable, and I feel strongly it is important to lend my voice and stand up with my fellow colleagues, friends and family who are suffering during this time.”

The Business leaders are also pledging to support and fund Asian American employee resource groups and improving reporting on the diversity of Asian Americans.

The group took out an ad in the Wall Street Journal to announce their pledge.

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