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Why Hong Kong protesters insist on calling it the 'Chinese coronavirus'


By Sebastian Skov Andersen and Joyce Leung

Asians around the world worry about increasing racial discrimination and hate crime, yet
many protesters in Hong Kong insist on calling it the “Chinese coronavirus.”

As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, many have disagreed on just how we should refer to it. Some people, including President of the United States Donald Trump, insist on calling it the “Chinese coronavirus” or the “Wuhan Virus”. Critics claim that attaching such a prefix to its name may trigger a surge of anti-Asian hate crime, and people all over the world have indeed shared their accounts of racist encounters that were clearly emboldened by the outbreak



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