And for many Asian Americans, it can feel as though, in addition to being targeted, their identity as Americans is being attacked.
Large numbers of Asian Americans, and Asians in the US – have described a sharp change in their experiences following the outbreak.
But race-based prejudice against Asians in the US is indiscriminate, whether one identifies as Asian American, hopes to become American, or is simply visiting.
He says the rap aimed to show “the ridiculousness of people targeting Asian Americans”, and also “emphasise the fact that Asian Americans belong here”.
Matt believes that Asian American communities have become more vocal in recent years about politics and representation.