5695379-Covid 19, \u201cKung-flu\u201d and anti-Asian racism edited.docx - Surname 1 Student\u2019s Name Cultural and Ethnic Studies Professor\u2019s Name Date

5695379-Covid 19, “Kung-flu” and anti-Asian racism edited.docx

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Surname Student’s Name Cultural and Ethnic Studies Professor’s Name Date Causes in the Spike of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes since the Outbreak of the Covid- 19 Pandemic Infectious diseases keep shocking the world periodically, bringing some blames on the country people believe they originate. The American public is prone to fright when it comes to these diseases and usually blames immigrants for their predicaments; this leads to some sought-for racial discrimination and prejudice, leading to some unprecedented results, such as killings. For example, Americans during the last cholera outbreak termed it the "Irish disease." Americans also blamed the Jews for the spread of tuberculosis and yellow fever and the Italian immigrants for polio. Asians, especially the Chinese, have had their share of blame “During the 1900 outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco, Chinese residents in Chinatown were kept away from everyone else” (Berman). Stereotypes develop from such blames. The best example is the Spanish Flu that people were led to believe originated from Spain, yet this was not the case. History seems to recur with the current Covid-19 pandemic. Americans are socially entrenching racism towards Asians and Asian Americans, coming with racial slurs that label the pandemic as belonging to Asians, mostly the Chinese. All these labels are due to the origin of the disease. The racial insults are evident at both personal and institutional levels, making Asians worry about their safety. This paper will look at the spike's causes in the spike of anti-Asian hate crimes during the Coronavirus disease crisis. 1
Surname Covid-19 is believed to have emerged in Wuhan's Chinese province in late December 2019 and spread fast throughout the globe. The world became aware of the disease in the last weeks of 2019, with people reporting unexplainable pneumonia cases. Scientists would later find that the inexplicable was caused by a new type of coronavirus causing Covid-19. According to the CDC, the disease was believed to originate from animals sold in the Wuhan's open-air market. The disease was spreading rapidly in Asia and throughout the globe by mid-January, bringing the world to its attention. "By the end of January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (CDC; Gover, Harper, and Langton 648). This raised concerns throughout the world. However, some countries would proceed to overlook the severity of the disease. The first coronavirus case was reported in the United States on January 19, 2020, in Snohomish Country, Washington. A thirty-five-year-old man who had just traveled from Wuhan, China, had a persistent cough and a fever for four days and, following the U.S. CDC alert about the novel coronavirus, decided to seek medical help. The CDC would later confirm that the individual was suffering from Covid-19 upon close examination. During this period, the disease spread rapidly in Europe and killed large scores of people in countries such as France and Italy. Measures were put in place to curb the spread. Self-isolation, quarantine measures, compulsory and persistent

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