The family of Christina Chen says the money will be used to pay for hospital bills and for her mental health care. The family also pledges to continue to advocate for measures to prevent anti-Asian hate.
“As her family, we will continue to campaign against Asian hate crimes in the school district of Philadelphia. In addition, we are actively advocating for the safety of school students when taking public transportation,” her mother YLin Chen and brother Michael Chen wrote.
The incident happened on a SEPTA train. Transit police released a video of the beating and have called Christina a “hero.”
The four suspects have been charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and disorderly conduct.
“Christina’s wish is that students, regardless of race, can be safe outside of their homes,” the family wrote. “There should not be a recurrence of this incident to emphasize that there needs to be better public safety in our city. We would like to invite you to help Christina with her physical and mental recovery, but more importantly, to help us advocate for the city’s public safety.”
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