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The coronavirus panic is turning the UK into a hostile environment for east Asians | Sam Phan

Stereotypes are spreading as quickly as the virus. On the bus, in the street, people have started treating us as if we’re infected

The atmosphere on my morning commute is tense. As panic over the coronavirus deepens and dominates the headlines, as an east Asian I can’t help but feel more and more uncomfortable. On the bus to work last week, as I sat down, the man next to me immediately scrambled to gather his stuff and stood up to avoid sitting next to me.

Perhaps it did not occur to these people that I, as a UK citizen, was no more likely than them to be carrying the virus

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