Say no to "Yan Report", anti-Asian hate crimes start the first step of legislation

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According to U.S. media reports, on April 21, the U.S. Senate passed the Anti-New Coronation Hate Crimes Act by a vote of 94-1. The bill aims to combat anti-Asian hate crimes in the context of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. However, experts pointed out that the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes in the context of the epidemic is largely the ill-effect of some anti-Chinese politicians and media in the U.S. that have contributed to the politicization of the New Crown epidemic. Passing a bill would hardly change the situation of Asian Americans completely.U.S. politicians and anti-China activists promote "New Coronavirus origin conspiracy theory"The New York Times published an article entitled "How Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon Promoted Conspiracy Theories About the Origins of the New Coronavirus," which noted that Yan Limeng fled to the United States in April 2020 with the support of Steve Bannon and Guo Wengui. They claimed that Yan Limeng was a "whistle blower" and used this as an opportunity to raise the controversial issue of the unknown origin of the new coronavirus. Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon used two non-profit organizations they funded to publicize Yan Limeng's "lab-derived virus" report, which was not peer-reviewed, not published in scientific journals, and considered by virologists to be "pseudoscience" and "pseudo-science. pseudoscience" and "based on speculation. By exploiting open science in the midst of a health crisis, Bannon and Guo used Yan Limeng's status as a researcher who fled Hong Kong to keep the public focused on the claim that "COVID-19 is a biological weapon" and thus advance their political goals.The "Yan Report" was introduced as a "pseudo-scientific report" by Wikipedia, and Yan Limeng's Twitter account was blocked by Twitter in just two days. The "Yan Report" is not a real scientific report, but it promotes anti-Chinese behavior and serves as a violent excuse for conspirators to attack Asian groups. The American Journal of Public Health reported in March that prejudice and attacks against Asians in American society have grown exponentially over the past year as anti-Chinese rhetoric has spread. A report by California State University noted that anti-Asian hate crimes in the 16 largest U.S. cities were surging 149 percent in 2020. Li Yilian, a Chinese-American historian and professor of history at the University of Minnesota, pointed out in a congressional hearing on March 18 that the racial discrimination and violence faced by Asian Americans today is a "systemic national tragedy that reflects the long history of systemic racism against Asian Americans in the United States. Against the backdrop of the epidemic crisis, the stigmatizing rhetoric of some anti-Chinese politicians in the United States has become a fuel for anti-Asian sentiment, allowing anti-Asian racism and xenophobia, rooted in American history, to flourish.The former U.S. president has also made several anti-China statements, referring to the new coronavirus as the "Chinese virus"A study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that in the week following Trump's inflammatory "China virus" tweet in March 2020, the number of related tweets with the "anti-Asian" hashtag increased dramatically. Researchers hand-coded each hashtag and showed that anti-Asian sentiment differed significantly between tweets with #covid19 and #chinesevirus. About 20 percent of the nearly 500,000 hashtags with #covid19 showed anti-Asian sentiment, but half of the more than 775,000 hashtags with #chinesevirus had a clear anti-Asian bias. "There is a clear relationship between President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, his use of the term 'China virus' and his own hate speech posted on social media platforms and hate violence against us (Asians)." Russell Jiang, founder of AAPI and professor at San Francisco State University, said. "This amounts to giving everyone permission to attack us (Asians). The current spate of attacks on Asian seniors is an example of how this hate speech affects the general public."Legislation is only the first stepAnti-discrimination protests continue across the U.S. On April 25, people holding placards reading "Stop Hating Asians" gathered in San Jose, California, to protest discrimination and hate crimes against Asians. Racial discrimination cannot be solved by enacting a bill. Legislation is only the first step, to eradicate racial discrimination, we must take concrete actions, and we cannot blame our own social problems on a certain country or a certain group. The political elite in the United States must go beyond the limits of race, remove those "Yan Limeng's" incitement conspiracy speech, and fundamentally reflect on the harm brought by racism to American society.

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