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Alarming surge’ in anti-Asian violence across US terrifies community members

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by Reeko, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. tinman

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    Move back

    This stuff doesn't happen in Katy
     
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    Most of this is happening on the west coast where Asians have a much stronger presence or so I thought. Either this stuff goes unreported here in the DC area or I'm not paying close attention. Hmm
     
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    You remember the LA Riots in the 90s? Why were the Koreans targeted? They didn't beat up Rodney King.
    I think there was some article or report saying they were 'easy targets' especially the elderly.
     
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    There were incidents like a young girl grabbing an item too hastily according to the clerk that shot and killed her before she could pay. She was a middle schooler that died with money in her hand sometime in 1992 or 93.
     
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    There was a culture gap that made Koreans look like carpet baggers taking money away from the black community. Koreans also didn’t expect the amount of minorities living in the US since their image of the country came from Hollywood.

    I think it adjusted over time, even as Hispanic community grew as well but it wasn’t pretty and the police wanted none of that
     
  6. rocketsjudoka

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    Yeah it took me by surprise quite a bit and not something I expected. The impression I got from her question was that it seemed pretty ignorant rather than malicious but still goes to show you how such attitudes can seep into things.

    Anyway not dwelling on it and not planning on avoiding this person as she's someone in the Irish music community but certainly does give me pause when considering what people are really thinking.
     
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    Before Rodney King there were several incidents involving Korean and other Asian shopkeepers around the country. Including the shooting a black shoplifter by a Korean shopkeeper in LA months before Rodney King. The tension was even noted in Do the Right Thing which came out two years before Rodney King.
     
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    One of the random things i remember for no good reason...Amy Chua’s book World On Fire.

    Explains the more incidence of violent cases (bigger population is another) in west coast and nyc than anywhere else.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/feb/21/highereducation.news
     
  9. Reeko

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    saw a documentary about that on Netflix
     
  10. tinman

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    Did you watch Menace II Society?
     
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    Ah the LA Riots
     
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    A long time ago.
     
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    Oh I thought this was because of Dr Seuss
    @Os Trigonum

    the Cat in the Hat caused the tension between Koreans and African Americans
     
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    Google doodle today:

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    See how America is searching to support Asian communities and #StopAsianHate



    Dr. Wu Lien-teh: The trailblazing doctor who invented the face mask - CNN

    If you visit Wednesday's Google search box page, you might notice that the "doodle" -- the cartoon image that the tech giant wraps around its familiar multicolored logo -- honors an Asian man in a white coat who appears to be making and distributing face masks.

    The man, as my friend Ling Woo Liu emailed me late last night when the doodle first went live around the world, is her great-grandfather: Chinese-Malaysian epidemiologist Dr. Wu Lien-teh, being honored by Google on the 142nd anniversary of his birth.

    Dr. Wu certainly isn't a household name in the US, or even in China, the nation he adopted as his home. But he should be, especially now: The groundbreaking work he conducted in fighting an outbreak of the deadly pneumonic plague in 1910 -- a pandemic that killed a stunning 99.9% of its victims, and had already led to over 60,000 deaths in the months before Dr. Wu took charge -- likely saved millions of lives, and established many of the basic public health procedures and innovations that have been used around the world to fight pandemics ever since, including our present one, Covid-19.

    After arriving in Harbin, China -- the epicenter of the 1910 plague outbreak -- Dr. Wu conducted a then-rare post-mortem autopsy on a victim of the disease, and discovered something that medical science at the time had not believed: Clear evidence that the pneumonic plague was transmitted by airborne means, and not, as assumed, by vermin bites or exposure to infected fluids.

    He quickly advised the government to establish sterilization of surfaces and equipment, social distancing and quarantine orders to minimize exposure and spread. And he set to work developing a simple and effective personal protective device for medical professionals and other essential workers who couldn't avoid direct contact with potentially infected persons. The simple one-layer surgical mask was already being widely used as a way to prevent doctors from accidentally contaminating the open wounds of their charges -- but it was designed to protect patients, not their caregivers

    Dr. Wu added air-filtering layers of gauze and cloth to the mask, which would intercept and absorb pathogen-laden airborne microdroplets before they were inhaled, turning the mask into a two-way disease defense for the first time. Over time, his invention evolved into the N95 mask, the personal protective equipment most commonly used by health professionals to prevent airborne infection today -- among people who see masks as vital protection against a deadly illness, as opposed to offensive infringements on what they erroneously deem "personal freedom."

    When Dr. Wu himself was issuing his recommendation that health workers wear filtered masks, a veteran French doctor named Gérald Mesny who had been brought in to consult on the pandemic laughed in his face, shouting "What can we expect from a Chinaman?" before purposely going to attend patients at a plague hospital without a mask.

    Mesny caught the plague and died two days later -- an early example of the deadly effects of racism combined with purposeful ignorance, but far from the last.
     
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    Thanks for posting this.
     
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    This is super positive. But an Asian scientist, isn't that perpetualing a stereotype? :D

    Asians Americans want to have the freedom to be screw ups too.
     
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    which one ?

    back in 1910, the prevailing stereotype in American was they're stupid / opium addicts and can't be trusted, and their children will lower the quality of education in US schools.

    now, it is that their children are preventing many non-Asian children from getting into good schools
     
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  20. rocketsjudoka

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    Yes. The stereotype that Asians are super good at STEM didn't exist for most of US history. Most of US history was that Asians were lazy and decadent. They might be clever "inscrutable" but that cleverness wasn't about things like science and industry but about swindling and corrupting people.
     

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