71-year-old Mary Yuen said she was afraid to walk the streets after a number of vicious anti-Asian attacks in the city. But instead of living in fear, she decided to empower herself and take a free self-defense class on the Lower East Side.
Yuen is one of over 20 seniors learning how to defend themselves, thanks to new weekly classes.
“This is about mental empowerment … these folks have felt trapped in their homes,” Jason Lee said. Jason and his wife, Alicia, saw how dangerous hate was in the city, and wanted to do something about it.