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Discrimination I encountered in Australia after the outbreak of the new coronavirus

2019-nCoV Special
Source: abc.net.au
[Social News]     03 Feb 2020
Tourist Reuters: Benoit Tessier "Asian" in front of the department store in Old Fayette, Paris. ..... Stay at home. ..... Don't go out and spread the virus." When I heard this, I moved my shopping cart in the middle of the shelf to make way for the middle-aged woman who was coming.

Travelers wearing masks in front of Old Floyd Paris department store: Benoit Tessier


"Asian. ..... Stay at home. ..... Don`t go out and spread the virus." When I heard this, I moved my shopping cart in the middle of the shelf to make way for the middle-aged woman who was coming.

I stared at the woman. She was serious and looked at the ground in front of her, as if talking to herself.

I didn`t join her, but she should have felt my eyes and her voice was low, but she didn`t stop talking as she passed me.

As of friday, more than ten thousand people had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus and more than 200 had died. Not surprisingly, the spread of the virus, the fear of infection.

Iris Zhao Supplied: Iris Zhao


But the aggravation of anxiety also creates new problems. People are beginning to see a growing number of racist rhetoric-even violence-and even the notion that anyone with an asian face could spread the disease because the virus originated in china.

Before the supermarket met this woman, I knew there was racism in Australia, but most of it was heard from other people`s mouths.


This is not a case 

Gold Coast surgeon Rhea Liang posted on Twitter yesterday that a patient and she joked that she couldn`t shake her hand in order not to be infected with the new coronavirus.

Dr Leung is clearly not amused but discriminates.

"I haven`t had a leaf in Australia. This is not a smart public health precaution. "She wrote on Twitter.

Speaking to friends about what happened to me in the supermarket, they also told me about what happened to them after the new coronavirus outbreak.

A friend was checking out cash at a Melbourne restaurant when the restaurant attendant threw the change in front of him and dodged it.

As a precaution, another friend wore a mask on the high street and heard three young boys saying," Goodbye, go get the new coronavirus. "

They have not recently returned to China and have not had contact with patients with coronavirus pneumonia.


The traces of internet violence 

SK Zhang, who has lived in Sydney for more than 20 years, said that since the outbreak, he has often felt gazes on his commutes and has become increasingly concerned about the impact of online sentiment on the lives of Chinese children.

"Last week was tough, we were afraid of the virus, we were also beset by racial discrimination and a lot of unnecessary attention. "he said.

"I think after 9/11 people saw Muslim as if they were seeing terrarist, just like they are now seeing us. "

Mr. Zhang says he wears a mask to protect himself. He can feel the tension when he gets on the bus and on the train.

"No one said too much to me, but I could feel some unkind eyes. "

"People look at me like a virus carrier. "

Sydney resident Mr. SK Cheung, Supplied: SK Zhang


Andrew Branchflower, Gillon`s teacher, recently returned to Australia from China with his family. He said he was concerned about malicious feelings on the Internet.

"My wife is Chinese. My child looks like a mother. I`m wary and worried about the rapid resurgence of words like Yellow Peril these days. "He wrote on Twitter.

In an interview with ABC, he said he was concerned about claims and sentiments about China`s closure. He feared it would be a very sharp decline, a restriction on freedom.

He also said it`s hard to imagine how his one-year-old and four-year-old children face these online prejudices.

"They were lucky enough to have people from the Asian community who helped them attack the claims. "

The Andrew family


People are moving 

Two days ago, australian chinese groups launched an online competition, testing two australian newspapers, the sun pioneer and the daily telegraph, inappropriately labeling the coronavirus as china.

The sun herald used the headline "china virus wreaks havoc ", while the daily telegraph emphasized" chinese children staying at home ".

Petitioners fear such headlines could make chinese australians a target of discrimination.

More than 50,000 people on the chnage.org page are jointly listed for an apology.

Anna Ou wrote in her comments," No one is called BSE Australia, France, US virus." Please have a little humanity and respect. "

External Link: Gold Coast surgeon Dr Leung`s statement on Twitter encounter

And this numbing media coverage isn`t just in Australia.

Le Courrier Picard, a French newspaper, has apologized for their headline "yellow warning" after being criticized, New York Times reported.

The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten`s release of a cartoon that replaces the five-star Chinese flag with a viral pattern has also caused controversy. The newspaper refused to apologize, arguing that the cartoon was not an affront to China.


This has happened 

Canadian Asians point out that this is not the first time they have been subjected to similar racial discrimination and prejudice.

Carrianne Leung, who published essay to explore the influence of Asian Canadians on "Yellow Peril" during the 2002 SARS period, said on Twitter that she had recently seen a similar pattern following the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus.

"When a disease is racialized, you need to understand not only that people suffer from racism every day, but also that it leaves scars and anxiety. "She wrote on Twitter.

"During the SARS period, the strict surveillance of public places, transportation, companies and schools was very unbearable. "

Her research highlighted the historical age of Asian-hating fears that linked Asian immigrants to "filth and disease."

A participant in her study said that the attitudes of people during the SARS period could have existed.

"The racism and discrimination resulting from the SARS simply reflect the persistent prejudice and discrimination. "the participant indicated.

Her research found that media coverage of SARS caused public hysteria and affected Asian communities.

External Link: Carrianne Leung has published essay to explore the influence of Asian Canadians on "Yellow Peril" during the 2002 SARS period

The study concludes with the following:" The negative impact of the reports of racism on SARS,9/11 and other similar events has led many of us to question the core values of the Canadian representative. "


What Happened to Wuhan People 

For the past two weeks, I have been reporting on a new type of coronavirus in South Australia. The beginning of daily work is to contact friends in Wuhan.

To hear that friends in Wuhan are trapped at home, because Fengcheng cannot be with his family, living in the fear of possible infection makes me feel very uncomfortable.

Wuhan people have been blamed for the outbreak and discriminated against elsewhere in China.

Some wuhan people, healthy or not, were reported to the police after the social network reported that they had fled the city.

Elsewhere in asia, locals have also banned chinese entry in the competition.

Of course, humans have the fear of facing death, and it`s understandable that most cases are in countries where people feel panic.

But this week`s experience at the supermarket made me feel that the coronavirus really inspired the bad side of humanity.

I can`t accept that.


Reproduced from: ABC Chinese

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