MOSCOW, March 13 – RIA Novosti. Growing economic anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the rhetoric of former US President Donald Trump, may have contributed to the rise of racism against Asian Americans, Sherri Wang, professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University in California, told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the Center for the Study of Intolerance and Extremism at the University of California released a report according to which hate crimes against Asian Americans in 16 cities grew by 150% in 2020. US President Joe Biden, speaking on a televised address, condemned the violence and racist attacks on citizens of Asian appearance and accusations of any connection with the coronavirus that appeared in China.
Trump called the coronavirus “the Chinese virus.” According to the expert, this could lead to the fact that more and more US citizens began to associate the deadly virus with people who looked like Chinese. “I think this plays a very important role in … blaming … the Chinese, and then the whole Asian Americans about COVID. The way he (Trump – ed.) attributed it and the language he used incited the racism that has always existed, “Wang said.
She believes that residents in states with large Asian communities, amid economic uncertainty from the pandemic, may have heightened a sense of threat from Asian Americans, whom they may view as “opportunity stealers.”
“The more Asian Americans, the more we are seen as a threat in terms of white supremacy. Then you think about the West's historical perception of the yellow danger: Asians come and take over. They will come and take our jobs. This will happen more in cities. where there are actually more Asian Americans, “Wang said.