Chinese Americans Fear Anti-Asian Hate as Tensions Rise
In the midst of the tense relationship between the U.S.
and China, many Chinese Americans are worried that it could lead to an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
The recent focus on China in major speeches by President Biden, as well as the announcement of a new submarine agreement with the United Kingdom and Australia to compete with China, has caused concerns for some Chinese Americans.
David Hui, the Executive Director of the Chinese American Museum in Washington, emphasizes that Chinese Americans are a diverse group and that they are just as American as anyone else.
However, hate crimes against Asian Americans have been on the rise.
In 2021 alone, there were over 700 anti-Asian incidents reported nationwide, according to a new report by the FBI.
Hui’s museum has even experienced hate crimes firsthand, including a rock thrown through a window and hate speech left on an exhibit.
Hui hopes to educate all Americans more about Chinese American history, including the significant contributions of Chinese laborers to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
However, Hui also fears a return to the past, when Chinese citizens were greatly restricted from migrating to the United States due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, one of the most restrictive immigration laws ever passed by Congress.
As the political rivalry between the U.S.
and China continues, Hui emphasizes the importance of not using it as an excuse to discriminate against Chinese Americans.