Targeting Asians and Asian Americans will make it harder to stop covid-19

Washington Post Opinion By Helen Zia April 2, 2020 at 1:52 p.m. PDT Helen Zia was a spokesperson for the Justice for Vincent Chin campaign and is the author of “Last Boat Out of Shanghai.” Though the wave of anti-Asian racism that looms in response to the global coronavirus pandemic is ugly and frightening, it is not new. I should know: I witnessed the harassment and violence Asian Americans faced in the wake of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing sector in the 1980s. Scapegoating Asian immigrants and Asian Americans did nothing to save the U.S. auto industry then. And it won’t provide the scientific advances and government leadership necessary to slow the spread of covid-19 now. But the Iranian revolution in 1979 brought severe oil and gas shortages and threw the auto industry into crisis.…
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