COVID-19 Racism

April Shows Its True Colours With More COVID-19 Related Racism In Australia

I don’t think I need to share so many words here talking about why COVID-19 related racism in Australia is on the rise because I am pretty sure this has been done already in a number of articles talking about this topic. Instead, I will get to the point and just talk about how April has been pretty crazy with the COVID-19 related racism.

  1. 2 International Students , racially and physically attacked (Melbourne CBD, Victoria)

In mid April a horrific video emerged online and went viral. It shows 2 female international students ( from Malaysia and Singapore) get not only racially abused but physically attacked/assaulted by 2 other women. It was clearly racist because 1 of the women can be heard yelling out “coronavirus” and other racial slurs. We have previously written on this incident, so here is the link to it if you would like to re-read it.

2. Dr Erm Chang (Geelong, Victoria)

In mid April, Dr Erm Chang, a GP from Geelong experienced an incident of racism whilst picking up some takeaway. He was approached by a random woman on the street and bombarded with verbal racial slurs. This is what Dr Chang told Nine News Melbourne on what she said to him:

“This woman just approached me on the street and said, ‘Look you have no right to be here, go home, why you on the street and f-off’, and she repeated that a couple of times, and then she got in her car and said, ‘I bet your name is Lee’ and then she drove off,” 

Dr Chang said where he didn’t report this incident to the police, he has used it to speak out against racism in all forms by posting about his experience on social media. In addition, Dr Chang is pretty magnanimous and has called for unity in Australia and stop perpetuating this hate and racism.

3. Chinese Australian family home graffiti ed with racial slurs (Knoxfield, Victoria)

A Chinese Australian family living in Knoxfield which is located in Melbourne’s East became the target for vandals 2 nights in a row in mid April. The first incident was that they woke up to their garage door graffiti ed in red:

“Covid-19 China die”

The second incident was one of their house windows was smashed with a rock. ABC News reports that the resident “Jackson” reported the incidents to police, and said:

“I’m just scared. I’m busy buying CCTV systems, repairing glass and buying lamps,” 

The sentiment of “being scared” has been a common feeling many Chinese/Asian Australians have reported feeling after being racially discriminated. It is as though, we are not accepted as “Australians” and will always be viewed as a perpetual foreigner.

4. Natural therapist gets verbally racial abuse (Sydney, New South Wales)

Natural therapist, Helen Shao told the Today program that she has been been a victim of verbal racial abuse recently on 3 separate occasions. The most serious incident she recounts happened in Crows Nest, North Sydney where she was spat on multiple times and then receiving verbal racial slurs. This is what she recounted the man doing and saying:

“He turned around and spat on me…all over my arm and also my chest,”

“(He said) ‘you eff Chinese, take your coronavirus back home.”

The other incidents she spoke about she was pretty much told “to go back to China”.

5. Man walking his dog gets racially discriminated, punched and his dog kicked ( Inner Sydney, New South Wales)

Another callous racist attack happening in the Inner West suburbs of Sydney in late April. Seung Wong Kang was walking his dog Zico in Pyrmont, when a man called him over. Kang states that the man yelled racial slurs at him before punching him. A by stander came to help, but Kang was assaulted again and his dog Zico kicked before more people came to help and the man ran away.

Kang reported this to the police and the man (Ian Ryan) ended up handing himself into police. He is being charged with 5 offences including animal cruelty and common assault. It is also reported that Ryan has a history of targeting people of Asian appearance. What is astounding about how this was reported by the media is that there is no mention of racism as the motivation, nor that this is essentially a hate crime. One questions why, but there really isn’t any point to till there are stronger national anti-discrimination legislation in Australia.

Finally, I just want to point out that these 4 incidents are ones which were widely reported in Australian media, so imagine the numbers which are unreported. The COVID-19 Racism Incident Report has already reported over 300 experiences of COVID-19 related racism, many of which would not be going viral on social media or reported by the mainstream media. And this doesn’t mean that is all of the incidents – hundreds more remain unreported. These COVID-19 related racism incidents should not be happening, and the fault is on Australia as a society not being able to discuss racial dynamics in Australia openly as well as the anti-China sentiment which has been spurred on by debates around the growing influence of China and now blaming China for the pandemic itself. The Asian Australian Alliance, Osmond Chiu and its partners plan to release a preliminary report on the survey results before the end of May, so watch out for it.

Images via ABC News, Today Show and Nine News

11 comments

  1. So when you going to do an article on china and how they are threatening australia if we continue to investigate the outbreak origin? when you going to do an article on sun yang and your people continuous threats to the mack family and friends… literally thousands of asians/chinese attacking them verbally, sending threats for YEARS… oh but wait you wont do that because you want to have this sob story blog.

    … here it comes, if you do not like it here and you think we are SOOOOO racist… why are you here? says a lot about your country

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  2. You idiot – it is not racist to condemn the fucking CCP. Every time they cant get their own way they scream, its racist. Always throwing their toys out the pram, like spoiled whinging children. All the while they are actually the most bigoted racist cunts on the planet. and what are you, a tencent??? CCP spy. Australia should identify you and deport you right away. You better not have residency, don’t you know what an oath of allegiance is?? If you are not prepared to fight for, defend and protect Australia from all enemies, then you do not deserve to be there!!

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  3. If they stop eating fucking bat soup, cat soup & rat soup in the North then we wouldn’t be in this fucked up shit-mess right now. In hindsight we should have shut the borders down on them immediately and not worried about their bleating on about how its racist if their students cant get to the rest of world. If this is an own goal by China then shouldn’t the rest of the world be demanding damages and hold them accountable for the cost of this mess!??? China will become a strong independent and accepted country only once it has rid itself of the CCP. If you are Chinese do not be fooled by the ethno nationalist rants of the CCP that you are not loyal to your race if you don’t support them. You can be a proud Chinese person and still reject the evil actions and deceit of the CCP. Add oil, add oil…. Btw if you are Chinese and you have settled in Canada , the USA or Australia and taken the oath to defend that country then that becomes your obligation, it’s not to China. If you do not, then you have no honour and cant complain when they deport you for being a subversive foreign agent. If you want to be treated with respect by western people then do actions that earn that respect!!

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  4. People in Australia are very very angry, don’t you get that???. Australian Chinese people are one with the Australian people and they too hate the CCP. CCP called them paper cat & threatened them with missiles in 2016. You constantly brag about taking the country over and you think what, there will be no reaction?? CCP conceals this virus and sends it out to the world. You think people are going to be happy about that. fucking wake up you stupid cunts!!!This site shows one eyed view of CCP which has been provoking for many years now. You don’t show their bad behaviour because you are a fucking agent of theirs. They are not stupid, 80k Aussies have learnt mandarin recently. they hear & they know about the shit you say about them. They engaged CCP in business 20 years ago in good faith and so we Chinese called them stupid country because we lie, cheat & double cross them. Really, how long do you think they will put up with that?? Fucking foreign agents stripped all of their PPE off the shelves, their people are dying, what the fuck do you think they will do. You need to understand something, while you arrogantly think they are stupid you should understand they may be too trusting to start with but if you piss them off you will regret it. Just ask the Japanese in WW2 PNG, not one prisoner taken!!!! You work it out..

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  5. Disgusting white supremacist ideology attacks to POC (People of colour). These attackers are really showing their insecurities who think they are the superior race but they are showing the ugliness and zero tolerance towards other law abiding citizens. Shame on you for your racist attacks. You are doing the human race a disservice.

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