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How Asians In America Face Xenophobia Sparked By Coronavirus Fears


This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, people of Asian descent worldwide have faced xenophobia. 

Frankie Huang, Beijing American writer and illustrator, worries that people are using the virus as an excuse to be racist.

“We don’t live in the middle ages, we have science, we understand how diseases work,” Huang said.

Jose Vargas, a Chicago artist, organized a restaurant crawl in Chinatown to support the East-Asian community and attempt to combat some of the fear-mongering.

Guests: Jose Cole Vargas, artist. Frankie Huang, Beijinger American writer and illustrator.

Prepared for web by WILL intern Tatiania Perry.

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