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


  • Pamy A.
    02/15/2021 16:59

    Why didn't they say anything about the racism by trump? He called it "kung flu" and "China virus." He is the biggest racist and knows his words generate hate and violence, he still does it every chance he gets!! He blames China and says none of the deaths and spread of the virus was his fault. It was his fault! He denied the virus was deadly and helped it spread by not acting quickly. He opposed wide testing and tracing. He knew about how dangerous and deadly the virus is by early February but called it a hoax by the Democrats and his cult believed his lies. He limited the facilities that can process the testing. He rejected the test by WHO and directed the CDC to make their own test. These tests were found flawed and they had to try again wasting precious time that could have been spent fighting the virus. He opposed masks and social distancing. His followers followed his example. His rallies were super spreader of the virus. Millions were infected. Almost half a million died and this frigging murderer is still supported by his enablers in the senate and his cult members willingly get sick, die and infect others! So evil!! Oh and millions of doses were lost in his administration!

  • Rachele H.
    07/14/2020 04:06

    Horrible racism. 💔

  • PV M.
    06/25/2020 00:26


  • Vishvanath B.
    06/20/2020 12:42

    It’s not ppl who is bad so don’t hate Asian ppl but it’s all because of Chinese government. Chinese government kills thousands of it’s own citizens who writes against them Buddhist, Muslims and democracy favouring students. Thousands of ppl go missing each year and their family force to keep silent. This news never comes out. Slowly it is also becoming powerful and in few years it will start conquering other countries. China claim Taiwan it’s own part, also it has wrongly occupied Tibet which was never a part of China. Tibet is a independent country and whole world kept silent at that time. The united nation didn’t recognise tibet as country which is very sad. In few years China will become super power as country will keep buying its products while their own country’s industry will be shutdown. Few years China dictators will be ruling whole world. China is collaborating with African government to occupy their territories but it treat African visitors so badly because they are black. I have seen black are stopped at immigration for hours and in hotel they are ask to form separate line. If the world doesn’t ban it like North Korea it will one day ruling world. Ppl should stop buying Chinese products unless democracy is restored their. Because we don’t know suffering of 1.4 billion ppl. They are treated as slave in their own country by communist officials.

  • Bob D.
    06/17/2020 19:09

    What’s really sad is the Communist Chinese government lied about the timeline of the viruses origin as well as the severity and communicability of Covid-19. The Chinese government is wholly to blame for the pandemic. They had a chance to contain the virus to the Wuhan region but failed to take action until it was to late and the subsequently lied to the world. And for all of you fools using the Tik-Toc app have opened up their phones and everything connected to it to the Communist Chinese government...well done!

  • Nemer S.
    06/17/2020 07:21

    I think the world can learn a thing or two from the Philippines culture. For inspite of everything worst that one can think of the Chinese gov't has done or still doing to the Philippines regardless of the corona lockdown. Continuous land grabbing in the West Philippine Seas. the wanton destruction of marine life and resources which inherently belonged to us. We still treat them nicely as humans, No prejudice, No bias, No race issue whatsover. Fuvk em'

  • Huk L.
    06/15/2020 04:52

    When you say no to chinese tourism, there is only one thing I am certain about is that your business is going out soon. We are going back into recession and we will face zero growth in the next few years. Good luck to the world, The sleeping giant is awake.

  • Joshua Z.
    06/13/2020 12:05

    We built your railways and later you sanctioned the Asian community for no reason and basically helping you built up your economy, we don't ask for compensations or you to bow to us, just leave us be and treat us as how you treat your friends

  • Alex T.
    06/07/2020 10:19


  • Zoro A.
    06/04/2020 12:41

    Ye, ignorant people makes the situation worse, if a chinese man cooks, covid is mentioned, when a chinese man has a cat or dog, they'll go "i bet he will cook that"

  • Almad A.
    06/04/2020 03:04


  • Aleksandar B.
    06/02/2020 22:00

    Welcome in beatiful Great racist white democracy

  • Denysta V.
    05/30/2020 15:36

    Is that racist people really think Every asian is Chinese ? 🤣 Oh wow I'm offended 😂

  • Evelyn J.
    05/28/2020 10:36

    It started with the president with this b******* he's a racist and he woke up every racist in America 😡 that's how our started in America

  • Hillman N.
    05/27/2020 20:57

    Funny how the chinese not happy with racist treatment from different parts of the world but are happy to be racist to Africans in China, for a virus that is agreed started in China. If the virus started in china, calling it the china virus is not far off. The Ebola virus was called so because it was discovered 69 miles from the Ebola river. What is good for the goose is good for the gender. Brace up China 😂😂😂

  • Hong Y.
    05/27/2020 12:32

    western people got h1n1 virus....please stay away from china....ahahahha

  • Rahmat B.
    05/27/2020 04:06

    So who should we blame the origin of the saga? CCP virus not the Chinese people

  • Enzo N.
    05/26/2020 11:06

    Domme racisten

  • Gary D.
    05/26/2020 04:43


  • Gary D.
    05/26/2020 04:37

    Yet everyday you discriminate against the indigenous peoples.