“Go back to China!”
The schoolyard taunt I grew up hearing used to be easy to brush off as ignorance. Now it’s a threat, reminding me how quickly xenophobia spreads when racism is disguised as self-preservation.
Reports of anti-Asian bigotry are on the rise, sparked by fears of COVID-19. Last week, the FBI warned of a possible surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans based on “the assumption that a portion of the U.S. public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations.”
I am not from China—despite a lifetime’s worth of remarks telling me to return there. My parents adopted…