Coronavirus: How Asian Americans Are Dealing With Spread Of Xenophobia
For Asians in Los Angeles, xenophobia sparked by the spread of a virus originating in China has acted as a harsh reminder to even the native-born that they come off as foreign to those fearful they are disease-carriers just because of how they look.
Cindy Lu, a University of Southern California graduate student, has stopped blowing her nose in public to avoid glares.
As for Ren Fernandez-Kim, she is now partial to rage-tweeting. It started after a jarring episode at a Target in Pasadena where an older couple stared her down after she coughed into her elbow. Fernandez-Kim recalls awkwardly smiling and waving as the pair walked away, frowning.
"Then I got angry," said Fernandez-Kim, who vented online just hours later.
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