Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • Experiences of racism [have] intensified with the coronavirus. The racist assumption that

  • if you look Chinese, if you look Asian, you might be a virus carrier.

  • This coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 2,700 people worldwide. The virus, which causes pneumonia and

  • other respiratory illnesses, was first detected in China's central Hubei province. Canada has confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus.

  • These Chinese Canadians say coronavirus reactions have made them a target of racism. - Because this is a virus that's coming out of a city in China,

  • because it's a virus that’s from a foreign land,

  • they automatically group all Chinese people as this monolith,

  • that we all are to blame,

  • that we all need to be avoided,

  • that we all need to be quarantined.

  • So my mom is a nurse at a Toronto hospital.

  • One day a patient had come up to her

  • and asked for a mask.

  • And my mom being a nurse, she has to ask the patient,

  • Oh, why do you need a mask? Are you coughing?

  • Are you sneezing? What seems to be the problem?”

  • And the patient replied to her, “No, none of those things. There's just so many Chinese people here. I need a mask.”

  • The Xenophobia Virus. So were in Scarborough.

  • Scarborough is actually one of the most diverse areas in Toronto.

  • A lot of immigrant communities

  • in this specific riding.

  • This mall is one of the big hubs in this specific area.

  • Usually, the food court is a congregation spot.

  • But as we can see from the number of empty seats there are,

  • it seems that there is some impact, right?

  • The first day the virus broke,

  • there was barely anyone around.

  • Normally, you might see the whole room is packed, right?

  • As we can see it's kind of like maybe a little more than half, right?

  • We are seeing a bit of a rebound, which is great.

  • So this is Pacific mall,

  • one of the biggest Chinese malls outside of Asia.

  • Pacific Mall relies also on a lot of non-Chinese customers.

  • Perhaps consumers from other communities

  • are sort of seeing Pacific mall as, you know,

  • dangerous.

  • Hopefully, as people become less concerned about coronavirus,

  • more and more people will start coming back to the mall. The world Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.

  • The virus is now wider in reach than the 2002-2003, severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS] outbreak. The reactions I’ve seen to the coronavirus in 2020

  • are very similar to the reactions that I saw as a child

  • with SARS in 2003.

  • During the SARS outbreak,

  • my family owned a small business in London, Ontario.

  • What we saw was a complete decline in that business.

  • And you have to remember

  • that immigrants tend to work in food.

  • They tend to work in service

  • because they couldn't get any other jobs.

  • When you have something like that happen,

  • you choke off their only line of income. The city of Toronoto lost around $770M during the SARS outbreak

  • as tourists avoided visiting the city, especially Chinese-owned businesses. In order to not marginalize Chinese Canadians, it's really simple. Don't be a jerk.

  • And when you see something happening, shut it down. Be a good ally. Racism isn't gonna protect you from the virus.

  • Xenophobia isn't gonna protect you from the virus. What will protect you from the virus

  • is taking the precautions that experts tell you to take.

Experiences of racism [have] intensified with the coronavirus. The racist assumption that

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

B1 US chinese mall sars outbreak racism pacific

Afraid of Coronavirus? Ok, But Don't Be A Racist

Video vocabulary