Arizona Killing Fields

Monks from the East Meet Death in the WestEric Kaplan

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They don't like me because I have dark skin," said a Laotian immigrant who works in a Thai-Laotian grocery when she is not going to high school. "People give us looks when we stop at intersections in the car. The blonde girls at school think they look perfect, that we're ugly because we have dark hair. They say things like, "Why don't you go back to China?"

Earlier in the year, a Chinese church in Phoenix had been defaced with graffiti reading "KKK" and "No Chinks. Go home to China." In Tucson, a rock had been thrown through the window of the China-Thai Restaurant, and threatening notes had been sent to all three Thai restaurants, saying that someone would kill all the Thai people in town. Anti-Asian crimes were on the rise, and local racist groups like the Liberty Lobby and the Confederate Hammerskins preached their theories that the world-wide Jewish conspiracy was importing Asians to miscegenate with the white race.

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