~ walking in Chinatown in Washington DC

~ Catherine Xu, Gen Y, Chinese American

Catherine Xu said she was waiting to cross the street  when someone struck her. She had looked down at her phone for a moment. “All of a sudden, I just feel like an impact to my face. Someone had run up and punched me out of nowhere,” she said.

Xu said a man jumped in to help her and chased the attacker away so she could get to safety.

She said she went to urgent care afterward. She didn’t have any visible bruises, but her jaw hurt so much she couldn’t eat solid food for a day, she said.

Young Asian woman is punched in Chinatown