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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the problems that have been faced by Asians. In a recent shooting eight people were killed (six of them being Asian, and all but one woman) in the hands of a white male. Although many may say that Asian hate began due to the pandemic, they have faced racism for a long time. 

Asian Americans have received both physical and verbal attacks recently.

They have faced problems like sexual objectification of women, stereotyping, and racism. This has been going on for years not only in the United States but around the world. However, this pandemic has aggravated these problems, and the crime rates have increased.

Asian immigrants and refugees have searched for their American Dream for years, but continue to experience racism.

In an article from The Guardian, Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about his experiences. His parents fled from Vietnam at the time of war, they opened a grocery store in San Jose, California in the late 1970s. They were shot in their store, and years later a man entered their house and had a gun pointed at them, but his mother screamed for help and they were saved. He mentions that “The forces of racism and of patriarchy that are fundamental to the operation of colonization are still embedded in our societies and inside of us.” Therefore, the roots of racism are due to colonization.

To know more about how Asian racism in the United States head to the link below:

From colonialism to Covid: Viet Thanh Nguyen on the rise of anti-Asian violence

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