Casual Racism Towards Ethnic Asian Diaspora


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Casual Racism Towards Ethnic Asian Diaspora

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This is a short video where I asked my friend Nikko Guan to share her experiences with casual racism toward ethnic Asians at the beginning of the pandemic here in Melbourne, Australia. There was a lot of panic and misinformation surrounding the coronavirus, and a lot of people attributed the origin of the virus (Wuhan China) with the cause of the virus and harboured distrust toward anyone who looked remotely foreign or Asian. Some of my friends and acquaintances who were Asian but not even Chinese also reported similar experiences. It's especially pertinent as this also affected Asian diaspora who were born in Australia and may have never even been overseas, but are judged purely on their appearance. My friend in the interview had not been to China, or anywhere internationally, for many years. It's important that a global disaster that is the result of natural catastrophe isn't judged on malice for political or racial prejudices.

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Video. Sent by my friend Nikko Guan.

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This item was submitted on November 9, 2020 by Susanna Zheng using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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