Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, is part of a coalition that has started tracking attacks against Asian Americans related to the coronavirus epidemic.
Incidents like that, she said, are part of a troubling trend of racism, xenophobia and discrimination directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Bay Area and nationwide over COVID-19.
Similar attacks have been documented online, including a video shot early this week at a Daly City Target where, according to the individual who filmed it, a white male confronted an Asian American man who coughed while shopping.
According to Choi, advocates found 300 news articles from throughout the country reporting attacks against Asian Americans during a roughly two-week period ending March 7.
Calling it a ‘Chinese virus’ only encourages hate crimes and incidents against Asian Americans at a time when communities should be working together to get through this crisis,” Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, said in a statement.