Neis remembers how nobody stood up for him and his friends, despite being in a crowd of Asian Americans.
“Bystanders tend to just look on, which can be very reflective of the tendency of Asian Americans to see racism and be complacent,” Neis said.
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, reported incidents of discrimination against Asian Americans have spiked as well.
“Racism towards Asian Americans has been taken casually because people think of Asian Americans as the model minority, which isn’t true,” Tsai said.
Li said she plans to interview Chinese restaurants that suffered because of the pandemic to study the intersection of COVID-19 and public health for Asian Americans.