“It could be me, it could be my family, my friends. Any day, any time, on the street, in the subway. I’m not feeling safe,” says Wan Chen of the rising number of racist attacks against Asian Americans during the pandemic. A third of Asian Americans say they fear for their safety. That is why Ms Chen joined a volunteer patrol in Queens, New York City, where members intervene or call for help if they see trouble. It is one of several such groups to spring up across the US. The anti-China rhetoric of some politicians, including former President Donald Trump, has been blamed for the escalation in racist incidents.