In recent days, Chinese Americans have reported being spat at, threatened and physically attacked.
The rise in anti-Asian assaults at grocery stores and schools, and in subway stations and neighborhoods, has not spared children: A 16 year-old boy was attacked at his San Fernando Valley High School in California, as classmates accused him of spreading COVID-19. The boy was briefly hospitalized out of fear that he may have received a concussion from the assault.
Nor is this a problem isolated to physical spaces: Online attacks and micro-aggressions against Americans of Asian descent in virtual spaces and social media have also escalated in the wake of COVID-19—so much so that a website has been launched by San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department to track online harassment.
Sadly, anti-Asian sentiment is not new in the United…