A pair of disturbing videos are making the rounds on social media, highlighting incidents of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American bias.
Experts in the field of Asian American hate speech tell KTVU the incidents may be shocking, but they’re not surprising.
Professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University Russell Jeung says the videos highlight what he says is a form of white nationalism and an effort to cast Asian and Asian Americans as “other.”
Both of experts agree that rhetoric like that spoken by the president, like calling COVID-19 the “China Virus” and “kung flu”, normalizes anti-Asian hate speech.
They say the administration needs to change it’s tone to lead on this issue, otherwise there will likely be ongoing incidents of Asian American hate speech and violence.