U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to combat the rise of anti-Asian racism and violence in the country.
The order is aimed to advance "equity, justice, and opportunity" for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and expand language access and strengthen economic security and opportunity for those communities, the White House said in a statement.
"Our Nation has also seen again that anti-Asian bias, xenophobia, racism, and nativism have deep roots in our Nation. Tragic acts of anti-Asian violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, casting a shadow of fear and grief over many AA and NHPI communities, in particular East Asian communities," Biden said.
The order will establish an advisory commission and the White House Initiative for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to address these issues, the order read.