“But when you see every type of background coming together, that’s where you can start spreading positivity.”Since the coronavirus began to take root in America, Asian Americans of all backgrounds have been subject to racist language, harassment, stalking and physical attacks.
Asian Americans from Los Angeles to suburban Washington have been spit on, called racial slurs and physically run out of stores.
“It’s really important that throughout this time we try to stay away from calling it the Chinese virus, because it’s extremely divisive,” Ohashi said.
“A virus doesn’t have a nationality or race.”Ohashi said she hasn’t faced as much blatant racism in her life as some Asian Americans have both before and after the coronavirus pandemic.
For Rapp, when he sees all the disturbing videos of harassment and racism directed at Asian Americans, all he recognizes is that people are scared.