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Most people think of the bubonic plague as the disease that killed a third of Europe’s population back in the Middle Ages.

“It was very hard for the Chinese community, especially, to get things like death certificates, to access public health, access doctors.

“There’s denialism, there’s this idea that it’s outsiders who are bringing these diseases to us, as opposed to ‘what can we do to prevent disease?’” Randall says.

Now, data from a research advocacy group called Stop AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Hate show attackers who start anti-Asian hate incidents also invoked the president’s name.

Then he blamed the stalled economy on “the China Plague.”This story is part of the WSHU series “Virus of Hate,” reporting on anti-Asian racism in the age of COVID-19.

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