Outbreak brings racial prejudices out into the open. Again
In a New York subway station, a Chinese woman was punched and called “diseased.” In Rome, the director of a music conservatory asked all “Oriental” students not to come to class. In France, a newspaper front page featured an Asian woman under the headline, “Yellow Alert.” Accounts of xenophobic abuse against Chinese people and other East Asians have mounted in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread to over 20 countries since it was first reported in China in December. But as the virus has killed more than 500 people and sickened over 28,000, mostly in China, Chinese and Asian communities abroad have become casualties of worsening racial discrimination. Asian diaspora members
The unexpected history of Chinese-Canadian food (Hint: it’s not ‘fake Chinese’)
Chop suey, chow mein, egg foo yong, deep-fried lemon chicken, spring rolls, stir-fried beef and broccoli. These are all dishes typically found on the menu of a Chinese-Canadian restaurant. They may not be authentically Chinese, but they are culturally distinct. Vancouver-born journalist Ann Hui, 36, took an interest in the culinary curiosities after learning that many immigrant restaurants in Canada’s Chinatowns were closing down or being repurposed as non-Chinese restaurants or bars. When Hui, a reporter for Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, dug deeper, she discovered there were many such restaurants across the country. In some cases, they were the only restaurant in town. That inspir
Fearing new ‘red scare,’ Chinese-American activists fight back
As more Chinese-Americans find themselves targeted in the increasingly bitter stand-off between Beijing and Washington, legislators, community groups and legal experts are pushing back in hopes of sending a message that enough is enough. Prime objects of their frustration are the US government’s justice and intelligence communities, which have investigated and filed a slew of cases against scientists of Chinese origin on industrial espionage, theft of trade secrets and other charges. Chinese-Americans readily acknowledge that Beijing targets people of Chinese descent and that the US has every right to defend itself. But a disproportionate number of recent cases end up snaring innocent people
Target Beijing, not Chinese-Americans, says ‘Asian GOP’ leader
Scrutiny of Beijing’s influence in the United States is overdue, but Chinese-Americans should not become the targets, an Asian conservative group leader has said. Cliff Zhonggang Li, the head of an Asian-American conservative group known as the “Asian GOP,” said his group is falling apart due to unfounded allegations that Chinese-Americans were facilitating China’s publicity and information-gathering campaigns. “We’re literally falling apart,” the 53-year-old leader of the National Committee of Asian-American Republicans said in a South Florida cafe, a short drive from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. “The people no longer want to get involved.” The political activities of Chinese-American