Source: Asia Time:
Shootings in the US that have left two Indians dead and a widersurge in violence against immigrants following the election of Donald Trump as president have spurred Asian American and other groups to organize self-defense and bystander intervention classes in major cities.
The training, which taps the help of local experts, focuses on ways to defuse confrontations in public places in a non-violent manner. It also teaches self-defense techniques that employ a minimum of physical force.
Participating groups include the Asian American Federation, a New York-based nonprofit organization, and Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), a grassroots group in Queens, New York, that assists South Asian workers and young people. Muslim women in Chicago and New York are also learning self-defense against attackers who try to rip off their hijabs or traditional headscarves in public places.