We have the same fears and are taking the same precautions.”We now have a name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus: COVID-19.
#COVID19https://t.co/HTNjm27BHw — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 11, 2020From schoolyard taunts to overt avoidance of Asian Americans, current events mirror a history of racist reactions to communicable diseases, according to ASU professor Wei Li and other experts.
“It was happening during SARS and people racialized Asian Americans and during Ebola with Africans and African Americans,” said Li, who teaches Asian Pacific American studies.
When the case was reported, some ASU students started a petition to cancel classes, and Asian American students reported racism and xenophobia from their classmates.
Uber and Lyft users of Asian descent reported drivers refusing to pick up people with Asian sounding names, according to CNBC.