U.S. Chinese Community Experience “A Lot of Backlash” for COVID-19
LOS ANGELES, Calif.–As the weeks in the coronavirus (COVID-19) saga progress, so do the alleged racist attacks against Asians, specifically those of Chinese descent. Since the beginning of April, there has been a spike in racist-related crimes.
“I’m part Chinese. There’s a lot of backlash towards the Asian community, heavily in the working field, from people saying rude things towards Asian cultures, to placing full blame on [them for] what’s going on,” Alan Chao, 26, a resident from the Inland Empire told Scriberr News.
“Asian-owned businesses [are] closing…[and] are being targeted by vandalism,” Chao continued.
“I introduced myself to a lady, and she kind of backed away from me in a joking manner when I said my last name, [Chao]. [She] said, ‘With everything going on, it’s better to be safe than sorry, am I right?’, then she said she was playing around. It hurts because I’m only part Chinese. What others must be going through is most likely worse.”
Data indicates that Chao’s experience is not an isolated incident
There have been reports and patterns since mid-March, which the Asian Pacific Policy (AAP) and Planning Council has collected. Over half of these reports have come from California and New York.
Verbal harassment made up 68% of reported discrimination. Forty percent occurred at a place of business. In total, “STOP AAPI HATE received 1497 reports in its first four weeks,” according to AAPI.
The following anonymous statements from AAPI expound further:
“I had only been in [the convenience store] for less than 5 minutes and I was told I needed to get out because I was there for over 30 minutes. The checker demanded me to get out and go home ‘Chinese p-t-’ (bad word in Spanish).”
“My elderly parents were walking with my two-year-old and some 20-30-year-olds drove by and screamed ‘F-ck China!!’ at the stop light. They felt very unsafe, especially with a child.”
Other alleged incidents include hacked Zoom meetings in which the hackers heckled the Asian participants, and, accounts of severe verbal abuse towards Asians at establishments like grocery stores. Places of worship, such as Laotian Buddhist temples, also reported vandalism.
Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm, also reported findings. According to a recent poll they conducted from April 16 to April 17, 30% of Americans blame Chinese citizens for the pandemic, not the Chinese Communist Party.
“One-third have witnessed someone blaming Asian people for the coronavirus epidemic (32%).
- Significantly more Asians (60%), Hispanics (48%), and African Americans (43%) have witnessed someone blaming Asian people compared to White respondents (27%).
- Democrats are also significantly more likely to admit to having witnessed someone blaming Asian people for the coronavirus compared to Republicans (41% and 24% respectively).”
However, research gathered by Pew Research Center goes on to say that most participants were concerned about being near anyone who may be displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Ipsos also admits that all sample polls are subject to errors, as described by the following percentage points. Percentage points reflect the integrity of the poll itself:
“The poll also has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points for Republicans, plus or minus 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, and plus or minus 11.8 percentage points for Independents.”
As Pew Research clarifies, “A margin error of plus or minus 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level means that if we fielded the same survey 100 times we would expect the result to be within 3 percentage points of the true population value 95 of those times.”