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In the past year, hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans in the United States have increased by nearly 150 percent. Many have linked this rise to charged rhetoric revolving around the CoronaVirus pandemic and its origins in Wuhan China. The use of terms like “Chinese virus” and “kung flu” have been used as derogatory ways to blame Asians for the virus. Asian- Americans in various communities are now becoming targets for hate crimes. Recently, many are trying to speak out against this and bring an end to the hate. Racism has surrounded these communities for years now, and it has gotten progressively worse since the start of Covid-19.


This is the 6th entry in the Critical Questions series.