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COVID fallout: Biden wants to stop, not stoke, racism against Asian Americans like me

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Thomas K. Lew

As an Asian American growing up in the United States, I experienced frequent insensitive racial questions: Do you know kung fu? Why are your eyes like that? Where are you really from?

Now as an adult, I often receive outright racist remarks. For example, recently in my capacity as a practicing physician treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients, I advocated for continued mask usage until a majority of our fellow Americans are vaccinated. I received some vicious feedback: Go back to Wuhan. Stop being George Soros’ patsy. Shut up and let the real Americans talk.

None of this of course makes any sense — I was born in the United States and my family is from a region of China over 600 miles away from Wuhan. This pandemic has led to more racism. I was thus pleasantly surprised and excited that in their first few weeks, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have strongly denounced the ongoing violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans and other minority groups.

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