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'I Become a Person of Suspicion'

'I Become a Person of Suspicion'

Update: 2020-04-1050
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Note: This episode contains strong language.

As the death toll from the coronavirus rises in the U.S., so do reports of verbal and physical attacks against Asian-Americans, who say hostile strangers are blaming them for the pandemic. Today, one writer shares her story. Guest: Jiayang Fan, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

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Comments (22)

Jàñ Durham

I am so sorry she was treated in this manner. We were instructed to "love one another". We are all God's creation and God does not make mistakes. Thank you for this podcast.

Apr 18th
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Anish Pradhan

Worth listening. Thanks for the sharing the experience.

Apr 14th
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Marek Milczarek

The immigrant experience she's describing goes for everyone. I had the same "no thanks" = "no sex?" conversation and I'm white. People make fun of accents, not a big deal.

Apr 12th
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Mustafa Thunder

this is the case in pretty much every country in the world. people hold chinese responsible for this crisis and this virus, but they unconsciously direct their ire towards innocent chinese citizens. I am sorry that this lady had to go through such a harrowing experience.

Apr 12th
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AJB

It's so absurd that people can say "Oh, that person looks like the same race as people from ONE country where this virus originated. That magically makes them responsible. " Because white Christians never did anything wrong. Certainly, they never destroyed countless civilizations or millions of people in the name of their God or colonialism.

Apr 12th
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CJ

Not the best segment, NY Times. . . 😬 Good lord, it drug on!

Apr 11th
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lzk222

You're an immigrant seeking asylum in a new country and you've clearly risen through the ranks and here you are on NYT. Yes, racism is a thing everywhere against everyone. Yes, it takes time to integrate--somwtimes generations. The US is not perfect, but we're still one of the most welcoming country's in the world. I didn't understand the point of this show. That Asians are a marginalized class now? If so that has to be one of the silliest angles Ive heard in a while.

Apr 10th
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lzk222

Originated in China="Chinese virus"=facts

Apr 10th
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Mohammed Al Smadi

lol welcome to the club 🙃🙃

Apr 10th
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Carol Reed

Everyone should listen and evaluate their own actions and humanity. We can all learn from this honest telling of a shameful action against a fellow human.

Apr 10th
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Jim Bulgrin

great example of overcoming ignorance and fear with courage and compassion

Apr 10th
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Jake Micks

Sounds like she should have taken advice from her mother... This whole segment was a joke...

Apr 10th
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