Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety

As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the “Chinese virus,” many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next.

Yuanyuan Zhu said a middle-aged man started shouting at her while she was walking to her gym and then spat at her as she waited to cross the street.
Yuanyuan Zhu said a middle-aged man started shouting at her while she was walking to her gym and then spat at her as she waited to cross the street.Credit…Cayce Clifford for The New York Times

By Sabrina Tavernise and Richard A. Oppel Jr. Published March 23, 2020 New York Times

WASHINGTON — Yuanyuan Zhu was walking to her gym in San Francisco on March 9, thinking the workout could be her last for a while, when she noticed that a man was shouting at her. He was yelling an expletive about China. Then a bus passed, she recalled, and he screamed after it, “Run them over.”

She tried to keep her distance, but when the light changed, she was stuck waiting with him at the crosswalk. She could feel him staring at her. And then, suddenly, she felt it: his saliva hitting her face and her favorite sweater.

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