“My fear is coughing in public, coughing while Asian, and the reaction other people will have.”The last few weeks has seen a rise in racist incidents and comments directed toward Asian Americans tied to fears of coronavirus.
Trump’s new name for coronavirus comes after weeks of racist attacks against Asian American seen across the country.
An Asian woman in New York City wearing a face mask was assaulted and called “diseased” in early February by a stranger in a subway station.
In Los Angeles, a man directed a racist rant about coronavirus to a fellow passenger, who is Asian.
Asian American history scholars point out there is a long history of anti-Asian discrimination in America that gives precedent to racist attacks against Asian Americans because of coronavirus.