President Trump is calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus” instead of COVID-19, the official name recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
His promoting the terms “Chinese Virus”, “China Virus”, and “Kung Flu” to his followers have emboldened racists to perpetrate physical violence and verbal abuse on Chinese and Asian Americans.
“Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity or the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization health emergency program. “It’s really important that we be careful in the language we use.”
The relationship between the US and China is adversarial at this time. President Trump has every right to defend our country from PRC propaganda, but he does not have the right to call COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus”. By doing so, he is actively promoting racial profiling and hatred on Chinese and Asian Americans. We will not tolerate veiled attack on our community.
APAPA has always stood up for the rights of Asian and all Americans. We have a 20-year history of standing by our community in difficult times. APAPA has further promoted civic participation and encouraged Asian Americans to vote without partisanship, thereby increased the political presence for API’s. As full-fledged citizens, we demand that we are treated fairly and with respect. APAPA calls on him to immediately cease using such terms and remain true to facts and science. Please join us in empowering Asian Americans!