Asian American Olympians and Olympic hopefuls speak out against instances where they’ve received anti-Asian harassment and discrimination.
Olympian Sakura Kokumai said she was verbally harassed and called racial slurs in early April. Now, weeks later, authorities say they arrested her harasser after he attacked a senior couple on Sunday.
According to authorities, Michael Vivona, 25, punched a 79-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife, knocking them to the ground while they were walking in a park in Orange, California, about 40 miles from Los Angeles. Both are Korean American, said Orange City Police Sergeant Phillip McMullin.
Though he didn’t make any statements during the attack, Vivona “made statements that proved that the assault was racially motivated” in interviews with the police, McMullin told USA TODAY.
“He had a hate towards Asians and made that clear,” he added.
Both seniors suffered minor injuries and were released at the scene.
Kokumai, who is Japanese American, was training in the same park April 1 when Vivona began to yell at her.
“You’re a loser. Go home, you stupid b—-,” he said, according to videos Kokumai posted…