100%(1)1 out of 1 people found this document helpful
This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 9 pages.
Surname Student’s NameCultural and Ethnic Studies Professor’s NameDate Causes in the Spike of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes since the Outbreak of the Covid-19 PandemicInfectious diseases keep shocking the world periodically, bringing some blameson the country people believe they originate. The American public is prone to frightwhen it comes to these diseases and usually blames immigrants for theirpredicaments; this leads to some sought-for racial discrimination and prejudice,leading to some unprecedented results, such as killings. For example, Americansduring the last cholera outbreak termed it the "Irish disease." Americans also blamedthe Jews for the spread of tuberculosis and yellow fever and the Italian immigrants forpolio. Asians, especially the Chinese, have had their share of blame “During the 1900outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco, Chinese residents in Chinatown werekept away from everyone else” (Berman). Stereotypes develop from such blames. Thebest 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 aresocially entrenching racism towards Asians and Asian Americans, coming with racialslurs that label the pandemic as belonging to Asians, mostly the Chinese. All theselabels are due to the origin of the disease. The racial insults are evident at bothpersonal and institutional levels, making Asians worry about their safety. This paperwill look at the spike's causes in the spike of anti-Asian hate crimes during theCoronavirus disease crisis.1
Surname Covid-19 is believed to have emerged in Wuhan's Chinese province in lateDecember 2019 and spread fast throughout the globe. The world became aware of thedisease in the last weeks of 2019, with people reporting unexplainable pneumoniacases. Scientists would later find that the inexplicable was caused by a new type ofcoronavirus causing Covid-19. According to the CDC, the disease was believed tooriginate from animals sold in the Wuhan's open-air market. The disease wasspreading rapidly in Asia and throughout the globe by mid-January, bringing theworld 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, somecountries 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 traveledfrom Wuhan, China, had a persistent cough and a fever for four days and, followingthe U.S. CDC alert about the novel coronavirus, decided to seek medical help. TheCDC would later confirm that the individual was suffering from Covid-19 upon closeexamination. During this period, the disease spread rapidly in Europe and killed largescores of people in countries such as France and Italy. Measures were put in place tocurb the spread. Self-isolation, quarantine measures, compulsory and persistent