After the attack, Xie suffered two black eyes, a swollen wrist, and post-traumatic stress disorder that made her too scared to step outside of her home, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her family to raise money for medical bills.
The GoFundMe raised more than $930,000 within a week of the attack. The original goal was $50,000.
Now her family says Xie wants the money to go to the Asian American community to combat racism, saying the issue is bigger than her, according to the online fundraiser.
The page also says Xie’s mental and physical health has improved. She can now open her injured eye and is “in better spirits.”
Anti-Asian attacks on the rise
The San Francisco Police Department said at the time that a 39-year-old man had attacked an 83-year-old Asian man and was being chased by a security guard when he hit Xie.
After the attack, police said investigators were “working to determine if bias was a motivating factor.”
San Francisco police have increased patrols in predominantly Asian neighborhoods following “an alarming spike in brazen anti-Asian violence in recent weeks” in the Bay Area, the department said.