Chinese-Americans Scared About What’s To Come As Xenophobic Rhetoric, Hate Crimes Increase Amid Outbreak
In interviews with The New York Times nearly two dozen Asian-Americans across the country said they were afraid — to go grocery shopping, to travel alone on subways or buses, to let their children go outside.
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Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear For Their Safety
Yuanyuan Zhu was walking to her gym in San Francisco on March 9, thinking the workout could be her last for a while, when she noticed that a man was shouting at her. He was yelling an expletive about China. Then a bus passed, she recalled, and he screamed after it, “Run them over.” She tried to keep her distance, but when the light changed, she was stuck waiting with him at the crosswalk. She could feel him staring at her. And then, suddenly, she felt it: his saliva hitting her face and her favorite sweater. In shock, Ms. Zhu, who is 26 and moved to the United States from China five years ago, hurried the rest of the way to the gym. She found a corner where no one could see her, and she cried quietly. (Tavernise and Oppel, 3/23)
CNN Correspondent Kyung Lah Recounts Racist Incident While Working
A CNN senior correspondent recounted on her network an offensive comment made by a passerby as she was reporting for a story on Friday. News correspondent Kyung Lah, an Asian-American, said that a man walked up and "used a racial slur" as she was preparing for her segment in the morning. "I was so surprised, I was so taken aback, that I asked him to repeat it because I couldn't believe it," Lah said to CNN anchor Jake Tapper on "The Lead." (Choi, 3/22)