A woman, wearing a mask to protect herself against coronavirus transmission, poses for a photo in New York’s Chinatown on February 13. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City. Photo: Reuters A woman, wearing a mask to protect herself against coronavirus transmission, poses for a photo in New York’s Chinatown on February 13. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City. Photo: Reuters
A woman, wearing a mask to protect herself against coronavirus transmission, poses for a photo in New York’s Chinatown on February 13. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City. Photo: Reuters
Hai Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Hai Zhang

Life in the US: coronavirus is only a trigger for the racism that lies just beneath the surface

  • The prejudice is subtle but no less hurtful. By attaching the word ‘virus’ to the Chinese people, there is no need to say anything explicitly racist – the message is clear

A woman, wearing a mask to protect herself against coronavirus transmission, poses for a photo in New York’s Chinatown on February 13. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City. Photo: Reuters A woman, wearing a mask to protect herself against coronavirus transmission, poses for a photo in New York’s Chinatown on February 13. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City. Photo: Reuters
A woman, wearing a mask to protect herself against coronavirus transmission, poses for a photo in New York’s Chinatown on February 13. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City. Photo: Reuters
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Hai Zhang

Hai Zhang

Hai Zhang is a Chinese-born photographer based in New York. His work deals with the identity and the social context that shapes it. Zhang has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries. A series of his photographs and collages of Alabama was included in the permanent collection by the US Library of Congress.