A report by UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge was recently featured in a NBC article, discussing how racializing the COVID-19 pandemic as the ‘China virus’ has led to the increase of unemployment and hate crimes against the Asian American community. Anti-Asian sentiments have led to less patrons frequenting Asian businesses, causing many family restaurants to close temporarily or even permanently.
“This is why racializing COVID-19 as ‘the China virus’ has profound societal repercussions. We have seen this in the increase in verbal and physical attacks on Asians and in material ways in terms of joblessness and business failures,” our director Paul Ong said in an interview.
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