When Julie Kim grew out of the house, her mother said something in Korean that roughly translates to “safely” in English. Whenever she came home, her mother would say, “She came back safely.”
“It was just the parents looking for their children,” Kim said. For Kim and his family, this was the practice.
His ride-sharing initiative to help members of the Asian migrant community in Canada is inspired by the name “Go Be Safe”. The initiative aims to cover Uber and Lyft’s fees for people connected to Asian communities in Toronto and Vancouver who are feeling publicly insecure during a time when violent anti-Asian incidents are on the rise.
Earlier this month, Kim was forced to take action after a series of anti-Asian hate crimes on the TTC.
Three separate incidents were reported to the Toronto Police in April. Police are investigating the incidents as a victim of hate crimes, a woman, alleged that the suspect spit on her and committed racial murder. Police believe that all three victims were of Asian descent.
“I think that really pushed me over the edge,” Kim said. “Enough is enough. Like, somebody really needs to take a stand. And this is my way of fighting back … not to say that we’re afraid to go public … it helps me Is the way of. ”
This year, Toronto police reported that anti-Asian racism spread after the Atlanta spa shootings on March 16. In 2020, the Toronto police suffered 15 anti-Asian hate crimes, up from just three in 2019.
But many examples of anti-Asian racism have not been reported to the police. The Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) Toronto Chapter released a report in March stating that 643 complaints of anti-Asian racism had been submitted on the council’s online platform from March 10 to December 31, 2020. About 50 percent of incidents occurred in public places such as roads, sidewalks and parks across Canada. About 10 percent of the incidents occurred on public transfers.
With enough money, Kim aims to pay Uber or Lyft’s reimbursement of up to $ 40 and has a selfie for verification purposes submitted via Google Forms. Reimbursement may take five to seven days after a deposit and will be sent by e-transfer.
For now, Kim focuses primarily on seniors, people identifying women, and people with physical or mental disabilities within Asian Canadian communities. However, with Go Safe having more funds, she wants to branch out to more communities.
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