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  • Everyone knows Chinese people are disgusting.”

  • Theyll eat any type of animal.”

  • Theyre dirty.”

  • That’s what my classmate said,

  • just days after the Coronavirus outbreak

  • started in the United States.

  • It felt like a stab to my chest.

  • I’m Chinese-American, and this is someone

  • that I’ve gone to school with for almost three years,

  • who I consider a friend.

  • But it’s no wonder that she feels this way.

  • An obscure virus arising

  • from a meat market in eastern China.”

  • As the Coronavirus spreads,

  • there’s another virus spreading that we

  • need to be talking about.

  • “A woman who's Asian says

  • she was punched by another woman in midtown Manhattan

  • and she accused her of having the Covid-19 virus.”

  • “I don’t want him [inaudible] me. Tell him to move.”

  • Young Asian-Americans

  • like me are feeling hate infect

  • every part of our lives.

  • And I’d like to just ask the Chinese for a formal apology.”

  • Not only do we have to be afraid about our health.

  • But we have to be afraid about being ourselves.

  • Class basically just started. One of the girls

  • said all Chinese people were disgusting.

  • And so I literally like raised my hand up

  • and was like “I’m Chinese.”

  • She didn’t even say sorry. She didn't.

  • She just like blew past it I guess.

  • And then she like kept going on about it.

  • I never knew it would happen to me, especially

  • at this school.

  • Good morning.

  • Morning.

  • Yeah, basically this Chinese restaurant was

  • like texting their customers saying none of our staff

  • have been to China.

  • We have no contact with the Coronavirus.

  • Please like like, come back to us.

  • And people were like making fun of it.

  • There are thousands and thousands of cases in Italy.

  • But no one’s boycotting Olive Garden.

  • No seriously like, no one is boycotting

  • a mom and pop’s pizza place. Like it's the same thing.

  • Historically, pandemics have stoked xenophobia.

  • In the 19th century, people spread rumors

  • that Irish immigrants carried cholera, and tuberculosis was

  • known as theJewish disease.”

  • In 1900, when a Chinese man supposedly died of the plague

  • in San Francisco, Chinatown residents were forcibly

  • quarantined by police, while white residents were

  • allowed to leave the area.

  • It seems like since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak

  • schools have been a Petri dish for racism.

  • It’s dangerous to normalize behavior

  • like this for people my age.

  • So you just spoke with the other student.

  • So can you tell me what happened?

  • She understood my frustration and anger.

  • They didn’t really mean to say that.

  • And they were actually making a generalization.

  • And so she apologized to me basically.

  • And I really appreciated it.

  • Coronavirus may have originated in China.

  • But the disease doesn’t discriminate in the way

  • that people do.

  • It’s extremely important that people

  • have accurate information on how to stay safe.

  • So we can kill this virus without spreading

  • another one.

Everyone knows Chinese people are disgusting.”

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