Members of the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts at protest against anti-Asian racism in Boston last month. Photo: AP Members of the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts at protest against anti-Asian racism in Boston last month. Photo: AP
Members of the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts at protest against anti-Asian racism in Boston last month. Photo: AP
Paula Larsson
Opinion

Opinion

Paula Larsson

Coronavirus: how language of disease produces anti-Asian racism, hate and violence

  • North America has a long history of inflammatory language connecting disease with race, with Chinese consistently accused of being carriers
  • Underlying prejudice against Asian communities has been a staple feature of its society since the first Chinese workers arrived in the mid-19th century

Members of the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts at protest against anti-Asian racism in Boston last month. Photo: AP Members of the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts at protest against anti-Asian racism in Boston last month. Photo: AP
Members of the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts at protest against anti-Asian racism in Boston last month. Photo: AP
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