by Richa Chaturvedi ’21
Published Mar. 15th, 2021
Ever since the first breakout of the Coronavirus from China, Asian Americans have been under attack for the spread of the disease simply because of their ethnicity. Once the coronavirus started spreading in the United States and was quickly defined as a global pandemic, Americans began targeting Asians all across the country. The virus broke out in early 2020 when Donald Trump was the President of the United States. In his pandemic-related speeches, the ex-president would consistently refer to the virus as the “China virus” or “Chinese virus,” alluding to the fact that those related to the country were responsible for the global pandemic, which is not the case.
Asian Americans have had to deal with an increased amount of verbal and physical abuse in public areas. Subsequently, there have been about “2120 hate incidents” since the breakout of coronavirus.
Many Asian Americans refuse to remain silent about the abuse they face and are creating organizations and speaking out to news outlets about this discrimination. The organization, #HATEISAVIRUS, founded by Tammy Cho and Michelle K. Hanabusa, was created to educate people, spread awareness for better protection, and raise money for local communities. Additionally, Asian American celebrities are raising awareness in an attempt to combat Asian discrimination around the nation.
It is imperative to understand that racism is not the solution to stopping the virus. Asian Americans are struggling alongside other Americans regarding the pandemic; therefore, blaming those who happen to be Asian will only cause further violence and hatred, which is the last thing the country needs.