Coleman’s language reminds us that Asian Americans are still seen as perpetual foreigners, duplicitous competitors in the global market at large.
Floresca argues that the phrase “Chinese virus” is factual language.
In that, Coleman has ensured that we must read the name “Chinese virus” as a metaphor.
When we call an infection “the Chinese virus,” we give an inhuman disease a location and a racial identity, and we give a human identity virus-like qualities.
The number of verbal and physical attacks on Asian Americans around the nation has spiked, and Asian Americans are currently calling into the Crisis Text Line in record numbers.