Coronavirus spurs xenophobia around globe

"Cornered at school." "Chased." The bullying of a half-Chinese boy is symbolic of a rise in racist behavior since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Anti-Asian racism

“TikTok users please… stop making these stupid f--cking jokes about people dying in China […] this is worst jokes than talking about dogs and cats, there are people dying in China.”

In Canada

As the corona virus spreads around the world, so does anti-Asian racism. In Canada, 44 people died in Toronto during the SARS outbreak in 2003. Racism spiked: Chinese workers were terminated from their jobs; unlawfully kicked out of homes by owners; business in Chinatown dived. Canadians fear a repeat. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, stated, “Let me be clear there is no place in our country for discrimination driven by fear or misinformation. This is not something Canadians will ever stand for.”

In the U.S.

This father spoke to K5 News of his family’s experience. He explains how they were asked to “stay away” from a sample sale at Costco. “My son was saying, why did she think I was from China, is it because of how mom looks?” he recalls. In a since deleted post the UC Berkeley, listed “xenophobia” as a common reaction to virus fears. The university later apologized.


In France, Sun-Lay Tan, an artist agent, shares her experience, “I was in the metro going to work. I sat down on the seat and the person sitting next to me moved over by a few centimeters -- if he could have moved a few meters he would have done but at least it was a few centimeters -- and he covered his mouth with his scarf. I was shocked, I was speechless.” A local newspaper also caused outrage by warning of a “Yellow Alert” before apologizing. This prompted French-Asians to start this hashtag #JeNeSuisPasUnVirus which means #IAmNotAVirus.

In Australia, Michael Ma, on the Queensland Chinese United Council, announced, “It is a virus, we call it coronavirus, it is not Chinese virus. What we're going to do is isolate the virus, not Chinese.” Australian media has been criticized for conflating the virus with Chinese identity. With other Australians reporting instances of xenophobia at their work.

Several shops, hotels, and restaurants have been flagged on social media for posting signs banning access for Chinese customers. In South Korea, a protest took place, calling for a ban on Chinese visitors.


02/04/2020 10:41 PM
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  • Enzo N.
    a day

    Domme racisten

  • Gary D.
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  • Gary D.
    a day

    Yet everyday you discriminate against the indigenous peoples.

  • James W.
    2 days

    yes,I prefer Chinese guy like you to fight against racist all of the world,Chinese should not keep silent, we should get together to fight against people who are racist especially they are spreading bad rumors about Chinese cor 19.

  • Shirley R.
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  • Eliz L.
    2 days

    I hate racism at any level, however people are scared. On another note What about China apologising to the world, still waiting, what about China removing Nigerians, Russians and from their homes and illegally detaining them, not allowing them to buy food etc. We need to stop hate. UK waiting for a response.

  • Fook K.
    2 days

    Racism must stop

  • Choi J.
    2 days

    How about your country getting others property????

  • James O.
    2 days

    Amazing, cause over in China the xenophobia is aimed at the black people during this.

  • Ray T.
    3 days

    See I do said US, Canada n AUs is racist

  • Penny M.
    3 days

    How ridicules, no one I know was laughing because people died in china. Stop trying to make it look that way, what garbage. This is anti American propaganda.

  • Nyree L.
    3 days

    😱🤔Parents with students in colleges you need to send this to your kids about below video info and have them listen to all. It is happening slowly but if we don’t wake up NOW our country will become socialist. 👍🙂Turning Point with Candice Owens & Charlie Kirk is helping you to seek the deep root of its founding of our nation and they’re right about these students are being brain wash only one way at universities...I testify to this with my son and his thinking is slowly more towards liberal...😱😷 END TIMES SIGNS.... JESUS KEPT PROMISE TO THE FAITHFUL ONES... Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. RAPTURE FOR THE FAITHFUL ONES... 1Thessalomians 4:13-18 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. CAN'T BUY or SELL WITHOUT #666... Revelation 13:16-18 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[a] That number is 666. 👍🙂Turning Point with Candice Owens & Charlie Kirk is helping you to seek the deep root of its founding of our nation and they’re right about these students are being brain wash only one way at universities...I testify to this with my son...👍🙂

  • Janie L.
    3 days

    So sorry. Not all people will discriminate against Asian or Chinese people. It's only the ignorants who do it. I know it hurts you and your families. For that. Apologize. But not all people are that way. I'm so sorry. !! It's all the presidents fault. He.Is a man who when he doesnt like people ,he will discriminate !! He should be ashamed of his self. !!

  • Victor M.
    3 days

    In this season of 2020, the WORLD will see many natural diesters and plague, many will fall like the leaves from a tree, a season of cleansing..In the season of 2021the leaders that suffer, kill and bring harm to life and nature will no longer rule either by natural selection or devine intervention...

  • Seth K.
    3 days

    Just saw a video about black people being evicted from their homes in China. They themselves are a racist people

  • Delores D.
    3 days

    People are so ignorant. So cruel! The Right wing only care for their own kind and I'm glad the Chinese has found out they are not their friends

  • Aaron K.
    4 days

    Tell me how you treat black people in China? Look that up.

  • Nwankwo E.
    4 days

    The same thing China is doing to Black Africans that's what they're getting in return....... Despite 40% of Chinese weath comes from Africa..... But I'm happy that China is getting what they sow in return.... Let them feel the pains and the humiliations in 1000 foes

  • Firdaus O.
    5 days

    I used to think highly of white people, generally, doesn't matter which country. I used to think white people were smart, courtious and generally good looking. Here's the question, What happened to the smart? Seem like only a handful left.

  • Arn R.
    5 days

    People started to wake up. The CCP is EVIL.