Xiao Zhen Xie: San Francisco woman, 75, donates nearly $1M to fight anti-Asian racism after unprovoked assault
Xie's family has said that she wants the funds collected for treating her injuries in a GoFundMe campaign to go to the Asian American community to combat racism
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Xiao Zhen Xie, the Asian woman who was attacked in the street in San Francisco on March 17, donated nearly $1 million to fight racism, according to her family. The funds came from an online donation campaign to pay for the 75-year-old woman's medical bills. She was punched in the face in an unprovoked assault, and in return, landed one of her own. As per a CNN report, she said, "He bullies old people. So I gave a punch."
A GoFundMe page was set up by her family, aiming to raise $50,000, to treat Xie's injuries. But money rolled in and the page saw $930,000 being raised within a week of the attack. Her family has said that Xie now wants the funds collected to go to the Asian American community to combat racism. They also shared an update on her health saying she was "in better spirits." At the time of writing, the figure stands at $962,533 with 56.7k shares.
The description on the donation page reads: "Hi everyone, I am fundraising for my grandmother that was racially attacked today on 3-17-21 market street. I am amazed by her bravery. She was the one that defended herself from this unprovoked attack. But she is now suffering two serious black eyes and one that is bleeding unstoppably."
"Her wrist has also swelled up. She has been severely affected mentally, physically, and emotionally. She also stated that she is afraid to step out of her home from now on. This traumatic event has left her with PTSD. Although she has health insurance that covers the basics, there are still many medical expenses that cannot be covered on her own."
It further added: "She is a cancer survivor and she also has had diabetes for over 10 years now. The funds that we receive will be used to cover her medical expenses, her therapy treatment, and her bills that we will have to pay constantly from now on. We want to thank everyone that is donating and that has shown my family massive support through this very traumatic event. My heart is with all the other elderly asians that has also been seriously injured or killed in this wave of attacks towards the Asian community."
Her attacker, identified as 39-year-old Steven Jenkins was arrested for his unprovoked attacks. Previously, we reported that he was formally booked into custody. According to the Inmate records, Jenkins' bond was set at $50,000. The police department did not make Jenkins’ mugshot available to the public. Jenkins is facing four charges, according to the San Francisco PD and inmate information listed on the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department website.