Expelling Chinese people will not somehow expel the coronavirusWhen I see a petition circulating to ban wet markets, however, I can’t help but take it as a personal accusation.
While I was born in America, the wet markets were part of my mother’s daily life growing up in the slums of Hong Kong.
I only visited the Hong Kong wet markets once, in 2013, and remember live chickens in cages, about to be beheaded.
I am not for or against banning wet markets, but it is possible to feel proud of a culture you don’t entirely approve of.
Though the pride I’m called to now isn’t about self-esteem located in some syrupy interior, but a moral act, for my sake as well as others.