Yesterday, I made a vlog discussing about ‘Chinese Virus’ which the word is very much insulting. Someone left a comment, “what about ‘Chinese food’, no different?” I’d be happy to explain the differences.
Chinese food: Cultural appreciation, respect, for example, you wanna go eat Chinese food? Wanna order Chinese food? YES! That’s cultural appreciation. For example, growing up, my father would take my brother and me and eat at local Chinese restaurant. CHAMP! Old times were awesome. Food and people were awesome! Why? Less bias.
Chinese virus: It brings great deal of bias. Why? Tone. Signing, writing, speaking, or expressing. Never target ‘ethnic’ word that could lead to slur. That will cause more hate. What does it mean? Chinese food, Chinese restaurants would be most likely targeted and attacked.
What if the virus comes from Ireland, would it call ‘IRISH VIRUS’? Remember, old history would stereotype Irish people. I am Irish descent. If virus from America, would it name “American Virus?” I seriously doubt. Y’all know why? Figure it out. Never use ethnic word. Only for scientific terms, for example, ‘Coronavirus’, that’s fine, but never use ethnic.
By the way, you WON’T get Coronavirus from Chinese food, for example, going to Chinese restaurants, you will not get it! STOP CULTURE OF FEAR! Please support Asian stores, restaurants–they do not need to suffer instead of hate. Most importantly right now, LOVE.
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