Thursday, 02 Jul 2020

Miserable Stories of Asians in America During COVID-19: 'spat on, beaten and cursed'


Members of the Asian American Commission gathered in Massachusetts condemning all forms of racism.Members of the Asian American Commission gathered in Massachusetts condemning all forms of racism. - Attacks on East Asians living in the United States increased during the pandemic, revealing the reality of how uncomfortable it is to carry an Asian or Chinese identity in America.

Like Tracy Wen Liu's story, even though she was not born in the US, Tracy Wen Liu felt in her daily life "being an American citizen".

He watched football matches, watched Sex and the City, and volunteered at food distribution outlets.

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Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Liu, 31, did not think anything about being an East Asian living in Austin, Texas. "Honestly, I don't think I stand out too much," he said.

But all that changed. The outbreak of a pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 people in the US, making being an Asian in America can put you as a target - and many people, including Liu, have felt it.

In his case, Liu said a friend from Korea was encouraged and shouted at by some people at the shop, and then asked to leave, just because he was Asian and wearing a mask.

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In various states including New York, California, and Texas, people from East Asia were spat on, punched or kicked - and in one case some were even stabbed.

Regardless of what is experienced such as violence, harassment, or more dangerous forms of social or political harassment, a surge in anti-Asian prejudice makes many Asians - referring to citizens of East Asian or Southeast Asian descent - wonder if they deserve to be part of American society.

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