But that does not make hate speech against Asians any less hidden online. Melissa Ryan, chief executive of Card Strategies, a consulting firm that researches misinformation, says misinformation and racist speeches have resulted in the “dehumanization” of some groups. people and increases the risk of violence.
Negative tropes of Asian Americans have been around for a long time but started to increase in March last year when regions of the United States started to suppress the coronavirus. That month, politicians including Representative Paul Gosar, the Republican Party of Arizona and Representative Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Party of California, used the terms “Wuhan virus” and “Chinese virus” to refer to Covid-19 in their tweets.
According to a study from the University of California, Berkeley, the terms are starting to circulate online. On the day Mr. Gosar posted his tweet, usage of the term “Chinese virus” rose 650% on Twitter; a day later, their usage in conservative articles increased by 800%, the study found.
Mr. Trump also posted eight times on Twitter last March about the “Chinese virus”, which caused an unpleasant reaction. In the reply to one of his posts, a Trump supporter replied, “U caused the virus”, passing the comment to an Asian Twitter user, who quoted the statistics. US death statistics for Covid-19. Trump fans added a bad word about Asians.
In a study this week from the University of California, San Francisco, researchers who examined 700,000 tweets before and after Mr. Trump’s March 2020 posts found that people who posted the hashtag #chinesevirus had multiple the ability to use racist hashtags, including #bateatingchinese.
Yulin Hswen, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco, who conducted the study, said: “There has been a lot of discussion that the ‘Chinese virus’ is not racist and it can be use. But the term, she says, has turned into “a rallying call to be able to rally and encourage people with these emotions, as well as normalize racist beliefs.”
- Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in the shootings at the massage parlor Atlanta. The suspect’s motives are under investigation, but Asian communities across the United States are on alert for an increase in attacks against Asian Americans over the past year.
- A wave of hatred and violence against Asian Americans across the United States began last spring, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Community leaders say the stubbornness is fueled by the rhetoric of former President Trump, who calls the coronavirus “the Chinese virus”.
- In New York, a wave of xenophobia and violence increased due to the economic impact of the pandemic, which dealt a blow to Asian-American communities in New York. Many community leaders say racist attacks are being ignored by the government.
- In January, an 84-year-old man in Thailand was smashed to the ground in San Francisco, resulting in his death at the hospital two days later. The attack, recorded on video, became a loud cry.
Representing Mr. Trump, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Gosar did not respond to a request for comment.
Misinformation linking coronaviruses with anti-Asian beliefs also aroused last year. Since March of last year, there have been almost eight million mentions of anti-Asian speeches online, the majority of which is false, according to Zignal Labs, a media company.