As an Asian American from the Midwest, I have noticed a clear escalation of anti-Asian violence across the country in recent months. It can be concluded that this is due, at least in some part, to a xenophobic response to COVID-19. (Remember “kung flu” and “China virus”?)

Some of these twisted perpetrators have chosen to target Asian Americans with stunning crimes, as a misdirected form of retribution for the pandemic. It’s easy to sweep aside these stories of violence from one’s memory if they aren’t “mainstream” enough to fit the public’s narrative; don’t let that happen.

It will not be…

Chris Chyung

Former Indiana House of Representatives; Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of NWI; Columbia BSIE 2016

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