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Asian Americans Say Trump Stoking Racist Attacks with “Chinese Virus” Rhetoric

HeadlineApr 02, 2020

Elected officials around the U.S. are demanding that President Trump and Republican lawmakers apologize for repeatedly calling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus.” Trump’s repeated use of the term came as Asian Americans across the U.S. reported a rash of hate crimes, including a number of assaults on Asian New York City subway riders. This is New York state Senator John Liu.

Sen. John Liu: “We have this long legacy, not a great legacy, of being termed the 'Yellow Peril' from over 100 years ago. And unfortunately, Trump calling this the 'Chinese virus' only perpetuates this notion of Yellow Peril.”

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