Grappling with Xenophobia Amid the Coronavirus

Local, state, and federal governments are taking action to stop the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. The first outbreak of the virus was in eastern China’s Wuhan province, but it’s quickly spread around the world. President Trump is the most prominent American to use racist language to describe COVID-19, including the terms “Kung Flu” and the “China Virus.”  Scholars and others say this language is inflammatory and xenophobic. 

Now, ABC News is reporting an FBI analysis warns of an increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans as the pandemic continues. Iyko Day, Mount Holyoke College Associate Professor of English, shares her perspective on this matter with Carrie Saldo.