Why People Gaslight Asian American Struggles

You don’t have to scroll too far to see comments like these on articles about hate crimes or xenophobia. People seem quick to dismiss news reports of Asian Americans being verbally and physically assaulted, or even use the comment section as a stage to continue the attack from the comfort of their keyboard.

 

This behavior of denial and gaslighting of crimes against Asians is overwhelming and, frankly, perplexing.

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Why People Gaslight Asian American Struggles

Wisconsin Man Arrested and Charged with Disorderly Conduct and a Hate Crime ‘Enhancer’ After Harassing Asian Americans at Grocery Store; May Face Up to 90 Days in Jail and a $10,000 Fine

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Police have arrested a 57-year-old white man who was allegedly harassing a group of Hmong Americans at a grocery store in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, WAOW reports.

 

According to the police, the incident occurred on May 12 at a Save Lot grocery store near Church St. Authorities say 57-year-old Robert Shrote, who was highly intoxicated, began shouting “loud, derogatory racial comments” at a group of Hmong Americans who walked into the Save Lot wearing masks.

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Man in Wisconsin Arrested After Harassing Asian Americans for Wearing Masks At Grocery Store

Michelin-Starred Restaurant “Im Schiffchen” ran by Chef Jean-Claude Bourgueil Removed from Michelin Guide After Saying ‘No Chinese Customers Wanted’; Claims Wife is Asian

An upscale German restaurant has been removed from the prestigious Michelin Guide website following a racist remark by French chef Jean-Claude Bourgueil. 

 

The 73-year-old chef sparked outrage for saying he does not want Chinese customers while announcing the reopening of his eatery Im Schiffchen, according to Chinese media.

 

Following the backlash, Bourgueil took his statement back which he called “thoughtless” and “completely wrong.” 

 

He also pointed out that he himself is a foreigner in Germany and noted that his wife is Asian. Bourguiel, who became the top chef in Im Schiffchen in 1977, received the honored “cultural ambassador of France to Germany” in 2004.

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French Chef Cut From Michelin Guide After Saying ‘No Chinese Customers Wanted’

Kindergarten Teacher Kert Lin says Seattle Police Officer Shrugged Off Racist Incident at Home Depot, with No Bystanders Intervening

Kert Lin of Seattle said he wrote the Facebook post to shed light on the incident he said started in the driveway to The Home Depot at 2701 Utah Ave South, and continued to the front door of the store.

 

Lin said he was cut off by a driver on the way into the store. When the two arrived in the parking lot, the driver who had cut him off said a racial slur against people of Asian descent, Lin said, followed by, “Open your eyes, go back to China.” Lin said the driver then goaded him to get out of his car as Lin called 911.

 

Next, Lin said, a Seattle police officer arrived and instructed him that, because he had not been physically threatened, no crime had occurred.

 

“He said nope, uh-uh, there’s nothing,” Lin said. The officer took no report, Lin said, and left.

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https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/man-says-officer-shrugged-off-racist-incident-at-home-depot-seattle-police-say-theyre-investigating/

Mexican Restaurant in Missouri “Camila’s Tex-Mex” Deletes Social Media Accounts after Hanging Coronavirus Pinata with Asian Caricature wearing Conical Rice Hat; Claims Character is Hispanic Despite Closed Eyes and Fu Manchu Mustache

One of the customers at the restaurant posted several photos of the establishment, crowded by people including children. A piñata featuring an Asian caricature wearing a conical rice-paddy hat and a Fu Manchu mustache was on display.

 

Before taking down their official Facebook page, the restaurant responded to one of the messages in an attempt to defend itself, saying, “This character was Hispanic.”

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Missouri Restaurant Deletes Social Media Accounts After Hanging Racist ‘Coronavirus’ Pinata

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“What’s that telling you as an American when some immigrant comes here and smokes your ass. Maybe it’s because you’re so used to everything being there for you, that someone hungry is like ‘I’m taking advantage of this shit because I never saw this shit before'” – Godfrey 2020

In Orange County, Coronavirus-Related Racism Toward Asians Leads To Calls For Action

OC is home to Little Saigon, Little India and — Taiwanese bakery buffs will note — the first U.S. location of 85°C which opened in Irvine.

 

But in the weeks since the pandemic hit California, anti-Asian incidents have made some in the community feel straight-up unwelcome, and led to a demand for action at the top levels of county government.

 

More than 200 people signed a letter that was sent to the Orange County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, calling on it to pass a resolution “denouncing the discrimination and hate crimes directed against Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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https://laist.com/2020/04/23/anti-asian-racism-orange-county-coronavirus-board-of-supervisors.php

African-Chinese TV show contestant Winnie Zhong Feifei target of racist attacks on Chinese social media

But most attention has been reserved for Zhong, a 24-year-old who completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University in the United States and is now taking graduate studies in intelligence and counterterrorism at Johns Hopkins University.

Before being announced as a trainee, Zhong had posted vlogs featuring her speaking in Chinese about feeling out of place in China due to her distinct curly hair that makes her stand out.

In November, she attracted racist comments when she uploaded selfies to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. One commentator asked whether the ancestors of Chinese people “in hell” might become angry due to mixed-race people proudly branding themselves as “descendants of the Yellow Emperor” or “descendants of the dragon” (an ancient term for Han Chinese people). Zhong responded: “If you don’t know, go down [to hell] and ask [them] yourself. I am a living person who can’t answer this question.”

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https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3079862/african-chinese-tv-show-contestant-target-racist-attacks