Unfortunately, not much has changed in the year I first published this article on Tumblr.

Definition of xenophobia
: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign

Shame on xenophobics everywhere! You're no better than white supremacists; probably a lot of you are. Knowledge and understanding are the key; not lies and prejudice.

When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus
The global response to COVID-19 has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: xenophobia. As the coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind, manifesting in plummeting sales at Chinese restaurants, near-deserted Chinatown districts and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese.
This is the second time in a month we haven't enjoyed Chinese takeout. It's a standing date on our calendar, every two weeks when my partner gets paid. Many, if not all, of the Chinese restaurants here are closed -- it's no wonder why. It's very sad and disappointing since we both love Chinese food. We always look forward to calendar reminders for it.
We asked our listeners whether they had experienced this kind of coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia firsthand. And judging by the volume of emails, comments and tweets we got in response, the harassment has been intense for Asian Americans across the country — regardless of ethnicity, location or age.

Children have been targeted, too — by other children and adults alike. ... "It just reminds me that when people look at us, they don't see us as American," he said.

The anti-Asian harassment isn't limited to the U.S., either.

... Witnesses and bystanders were slow to intervene.
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/02/811363404/when-xenophobia-spreads-like-a-virus


Yang says Asian Americans being attacked over coronavirus is 'a heartbreaking phenomenon'
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Thursday it is a "heartbreaking phenomenon" that Asian Americans have been the target of a growing number of racist and xenophobic attacks related to the coronavirus.

... "And it's just a heartbreaking phenomenon where, just like you, I mean, we're reacting to this the same way any other American does, which is with anxiety about the future and concern about what's going to happen with our families, our neighbors," Yang continued. "But then it's compounded by the fact that you know there's this massive increase in hostility and animosity towards Chinese Americans, Asian Americans, because so many Americans associate this virus with China."
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/politics/andrew-yang-asian-americans-attacked-coronavirus/index.html


The following two articles are from February 2020!

What's spreading faster than coronavirus in the US? Racist assaults and ignorant attacks against Asians
In New York City, a man assaults a woman wearing a face mask, calling her a "diseased b****."

On a Los Angeles subway, a man proclaims Chinese people are filthy and says "every disease has ever came from China."

Rampant ignorance and misinformation about the novel coronavirus, experts say, has led to racist and xenophobic attacks against fellow Americans or anyone in the US who looks East Asian.

... "The danger is if we don't speak up for each other, the number of people being targeted is going to be expanding." she said.

"If they don't intervene, that kind of violence or that kind of incident becomes normalized."
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/20/us/coronavirus-racist-attacks-against-asian-americans/index.html



And this one is from January 2020!

As the coronavirus spreads, fear is fueling racism and xenophobia
In the US, government propaganda and pop culture at the time spread wildly racist and inaccurate images of Chinese people as unclean, uncivilized, immoral, and a threat to society.

... But the panic has also taken another, more familiar form, with the re-emergence of old racist tropes that portray Asians, their food, and their customs as unsafe and unwelcome.

... Perhaps the most widespread form of xenophobia comes in fearmongering, sensationalist stereotypes about Chinese food.

... "I am deeply concerned and find it disappointing that this is happening," said the head, Eileen de Villa, in a statement Wednesday. "Discrimination is not acceptable. It is not helpful and spreading misinformation does not offer anyone protection."
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/31/asia/wuhan-coronavirus-racism-fear-intl-hnk/index.html

As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Anti-Chinese Racism
On one hand, America was my home: It’s where I went to school, fell in (and out) of love, and found my calling as a writer. But on the other hand, I never felt American enough. From my surname to my features, I was always haunted by this underlying sentiment that my heritage was shameful, spurred on by racist remarks from classmates, neighbors, and strangers alike.
This writer reminds me so much of me. That's what it was like for me growing up. I remember being called names in the 60's and 70's -- a common one was Chink. I hid and didn't claim my Asian heritage until my late 20's or early 30's.

My mother had a poor command of the English language for a long time. I was embarassed to be around her.

I'm only half Chinese. Other than being born there I've never been to China. My father was stationed at CCK Air Base in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). He met my mother and fell in love. We returned to the United States when I was only eight months old.
... On Fox News, Tucker Carlson has called the virus proof that “diversity is not our strength.

Then there’s the response from the U.S. government. Members of Congress, President Trump’s administration, and Trump himself have taken to giving the disease racist nicknames. Trump has referred to it as “the Chinese Virus” in tweets and press conferences, and other Republican leaders and commentators have called it the “Wuhan virus” and even “Kung Flu.”

... Doing so absolves the Trump administration of responsibility for their fumbling initial response to the outbreak, and is all of a piece with Trump’s nativist, xenophobic brand of governance.

... Chinese people from around the world are facing unwarranted vitriol and alienation simply for being Chinese.

... What breaks my heart are the number of Chinese people who now find themselves the open target of this vitriol.

It has always been exhausting to be Asian in America.
Read the full article: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/coronavirus-anti-chinese-racism

Update on May 18, 2020:

I'm finding that members of my own family (on my father's side) are xenophobic. The following was addressed to a first cousin who descended from Hispanics. He finally shut his mouth, so I never published this reply comment. It came after he repeatedly defended one of my last living aunts who was sharing an anti-Chinese meme (post since removed). Two other first cousins liked her repost.

I finally unfollowed my aunt on January 21, 2021. I got tired of that type of post and also an abundance of Trump support rhetoric.
I'm sorry to keep hearing you have such an aversion to China. I'm sure you have your reasons although I can't fathom what they are.

I'm happy to say I don't feel the same way about Hispanics. Latin Americans were some of the most attractive people I met while living in Italy for four years and traveling through Europe.

Being born in the United States doesn't make you all-American. We all descended from a melting pot. The only true all-Americans are native Americans. They were here first.

Source: George Takei