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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 06:04 PM

In Wake of Coronavirus, Canada's Chinese Community Faces Racist Abuse

'Canada's Chinese community faces racist abuse in wake of coronavirus. Country has seen just three confirmed cases of the virus but panic is already spreading, causing an uptick in racist incidents. The Guardian, Jan. 28, 2020.

When Toronto resident Terri Chu tweeted that she and other Chinese mothers feared the “inevitable wave of racism” that would accompany the spread of coronavirus around the world, she didn’t realize how visceral the reactions would be. “My Twitter has just exploded with vitriol since this morning,” she said on Tuesday. “But it’s just par for the course, growing up as a minority when you’re not part of a dominant class.”

Canada has so far seen three confirmed cases of the virus, which originated in China, but members of the country’s Chinese community have already become the target of racism.

The country saw a similar wave of xenophobia during 2003 Sars outbreak, which also started in China. During that panic, many Chinese-run businesses in Canada took steep losses as fear overrode public health advice: Toronto lost an estimated C$1bn as residents and tourists avoided the city, especially areas with a high concentration of Chinese businesses.
The irrational public worry that paralyzed much of the city seems to be returning, said Amy Go, the interim president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice. “I was hopeful it wasn’t going to be like 2003. But it’s is. It’s happening now and it’s just going to be amplified [by social media].”

When a popular Toronto blog, reviewed a new Chinese restaurant on Instagram on Monday, the post quickly received a torrent of racist comments. And nearly 9,000 parents in the York school district – an area north of Toronto – signed a petition demanding students who had traveled to China in the last 17 days be prevented from attending school.

“This has to stop. Stop eating wild animals and then infecting everyone around you,” wrote one petition signer. “Stop the spread and quarantine yourselves or go back.” On Monday, the board – which represents 208 schools – condemned the petition amid fears students will be targeted based on their ethnicity...

More, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/28/canada-chinese-community-battles-racist-backlash-amid-coronavirus-outbreak

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 06:07 PM

1. Not sure why they blame the residents who live on Canada

The world is going backwards.

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 06:19 PM

2. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning.😔

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Tue Jan 28, 2020, 08:02 PM

3. The Canada i visited many many times in my younger years was known to be highly diverse and tolerant

Thankfully they have a sensible and unifying president. We need to get rid of ours.

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