Time For Facts Not Fear
People of Asian Descent Deal With an Increase in Microaggressive and Xenophobic Behaviors as the Pandemic Progresses
During harrowing times of change people turn to someone to blame when it’s difficult to handle the truth. The truth is, no race is the singular cause of this pandemic and exhibiting xenophobic, hateful, and excluding
behaviors towards people of Asian descent is disgusting morality and nonsensical.
“I’ve seen it where my daughter at the time who was living in Madison at the time there were a couple assaults around her living area. She lives in a pretty safe neighborhood and when all of this started there were a couple of college students who were Asian. They were verbally and physically attacked. It wasn’t a lot like you hear it everyday but it was there and present”, says Rhona Buchta, Saint Joseph Grade School, language arts teacher.
As the pandemic progresses xenophobic attacks towards people of Asian descent have been increasing. From calling Covid-19 the “Chinese Virus” to people being physically attacked and blamed for the spread of the virus. Sometimes it isn’t to that extreme though instead it’s a stare, facial expression, or moving away from that person. Acknowledging these behaviors and tendencies and examining the thinking behind it is vital in understanding why xenophobia is horrible.
Xenophobia is a dislike of or prejudice against people from a specific country. During the pandemic though xenophobia makes those of Asian descent its target. Rather than knowing if the person is actually Chinese the people that perpetrate xenophobic behaviors will instead group all people of Asian descent into one category. In their eyes anyone that looks remotely like they could be Chinese are the ones to blame for the pandemic and its spread. Those people will then be subjected to microaggressions, verbal, or even physical attacks. This has been seen happening all over the world but has especially taken a new form in America. It’s been thought that this primarily has to do with the fact that people with such a great amount of influence, have been openly xenophobic. When someone with such high influence and power gets away with supporting and perpetrating xenophobic behaviors it puts the idea in other people’s heads that it’s okay to act this way.
“It’s more subtle. It seems to be more of an emphasis now as we experience Covid and it’s mostly through body language. It could be very well because of where we live and in the community I live in, in particular that more people know me so it’s not necessarily a fear. From those that don’t know me it’s more of a physical expression of “hmm” as opposed to an actual direct insult,” says Mrs. Buchta. There are multiple ways to experience xenophobia but there are even more ways to deal with these experiences.
“I would simply tell them that they shouldn’t hate me for my race, ‘cause there’s nothing I can do for that, and simply give them the scenario if they were in my position,” says senior, Brandon Yang. When dealing with uncomfortable situations caused by someone being xenophobic the best thing one can do it confront them.
Confronting them about why they think that way makes them reflect on their own thinking and helps them see the fault in their thinking process.