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For Asian Americans, including myself, a run to the grocery store might mean additional risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including physical and verbal assaults.

The rise in reported discrimination against Asian American health care workers leaves Asian Americans, who represent 6% of the U.S. population, but 18% of the country’s physicians and 10% of its nurse practitioners, in a painful position.

While Asian American health care workers risk their own personal health on the front lines of the pandemic response, they are asked, “Where are you from?”

An Asian American friend of mine referred to the virus as the “Chinese virus,” because “that’s what the President called it.”

Dr. Lan Chi Vo is the Assembly Representative for the Caucus of Asian American Psychiatrists for the American Psychiatric Association.

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