A child said, “Cough, cough, corona.”Phetmisy says her Asian American friends in Chicago have experienced similar attacks.
“They don’t know what to do; it’s really sad and concerning.”There have been reports throughout the country about anti-Asian attacks since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Facing backlash, he has since tweeted a statement in support of Asian Americans and stopped using the term “Chinese virus,” but Asian American advocates say the damage has already been done.
Even the FBI has taken note of anti-Asian attacks, recently announcing that the agency is paying close attention to hate crimes during this pandemic.
The fact that Asian Americans are even reporting these cases is a positive development, given the community’s reputation for not speaking up, he said.