Donators raised nearly $900,000 for the Asian grandma who defended herself after being randomly attacked in San Francisco.
- A 76-year-old Asian woman was attacked by a 39-year-old man in San Francisco last week.
- The accident happened amid a wave of violence against Asian and Asian-American residents in the US.
- The GoFundMe page set to help the victim raised nearly $900,000, despite a goal of only $50,000.
Last week, Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, was attacked by a 39-year-old man in San Francisco’s Market Street. However, the elderly Asian woman managed to defend herself and even sent her abuser to a hospital.
Unfortunately, she was seriously injured during the fight and required emergency medical treatment.
Just came upon an attack on an elderly Asian woman on Market Street San Francisco. Effort I got more details pic.twitter.com/5o8r0eeHE2
— Dennis O'Donnell (@DennisKPIX) March 17, 2021
The terrifying attack occurred amid a surge of aggression toward Asian and Asian-American residents living in the US. Ms. Xie, who remains deeply traumatized by the harrowing experience, believes the unprovoked attack against her was racially motivated.
The victim’s family set up a GoFundMe page that raised 18 times more than they asked for.
The fundraiser was organized by John Chen, Ms. Xie’s grandson. Chen’s initial goal was to raise $50,000 to help his grandma with her medical expenses, therapy treatment, and other bills.
Surprisingly, as of Tuesday, March 23, the page raised nearly $900,000. More than 30,000 donators from all over the world were touched by the 76-year-old’s story and rushed to help her and her family.
In a recent update, Chen wrote:
“When we visited our grandma yesterday and today her overall mental and physical health has improved. Her eye is no longer swelled to the point of not being able to open it. She is now starting to feel optimistic again and is in better spirits.”
Ms. Xie’s grandson also announced that his brave grandmother wants “to donate all the funds generated in this GoFundMe back to the Asian American community to combat racism.”
“She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her. This is my grandma, grandpa, and our family’s decision. We hope everyone can understand our decision.”