COVID-19 yet another gizmo for the people to acknowledge its xenophobia. As long as people have walked the earth, there have been differences that separate them. From skin colour and language, to the ideals and traditions that they hold to be true. There are many results of these differences, both good and bad. When people do not react well to others who are different, it can cause xenophobia.

Xenophobia can pertain to many things, with the basic meaning being a fear or dislike of something that is different or unknown to a person.It could even be considered a mental illness, as the people who are usually xenophobic believe there is something wrong with the belief system that they do not understand. However, this happens even when the beliefs are generally accepted by society . It is actually the person who struggles with being a xenophobe that holds the unaccepting beliefs.

Since late December, the novel coronavirus outbreak has spread all around the world, threatening millions of lives while forcing states to take extreme measures to prevent further escalation.

Cornonavirus Rising Xenophobia

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As the new coronavirus spreads around the world, so do cases of hatred against Chinese have heightened.The novel coronavirus outbreak has caused global anxiety. Since the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, Chinese communities across the world have been the target of a sudden rise in anti-China racism and xenophobia.

The xenophobia — blended with general fears of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus — has taken a great toll on the livelihoods of Chinese immigrants and workers, especially those in smaller communities.

At many places around the globe, students had been pushed, yelled at and called ‘coronavirus’ and had experienced similar harassment.

There have been reported cases, of people making racist jokes related to Chinese people and the Coronavirus.

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People started distancing from Chinese to save themselves from Covid-19. What impact this hatred against the Chinese will generate? Will the world enforce the same guilt clause on Chinese which they had enforced on Germans after World War I?

Admittedly, disease imparts fear in human minds which in turn nurtures discrimination. This has been happening in history whenever there was an outbreak of any pandemic.However, we find newspapers loaded with news of ballooning xenophobia and racial discrimination in the wake of the outbreak.

Governments and institutions (such as media institutions, schools and universities and health institutions) have a key role to play in establishing that their administration and orders don’t play on racist stereotypes and connotations, and we all have a responsibility to help correct misconceptions. Furthermore, public health education should be mandatory and accessible to everyone.

To conclude, let us hope that the world will soon conquer the ongoing pandemic. It is crucial however that xenophobia launched particularly against Chinese people , if not inhibited seriously, would continue to haunt the generations to come and thereby threaten world peace.

What do the think , Is it correct to Xenophobia with Chinese?

April 28, 2020

7 Replies to “Rising Xenophobia”

  1. Archana Srivastava says: April 29, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Promoting Racism can not be justified in any way, this is really sad that in this crisis also some group of people is encouraged to loathe.

  2. Kinshoo Agrawal says: April 29, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Agree racism is not correct yet the world is suffering because of a community’s actions. The govt should have warned other nations and the humanity would have been saved from the pandemic.

  3. Amrita says: April 28, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Calling New Corona virus, Chinese virus or Wuhan virus is not Xenophobic.Delhi belly and Ebola are also names of disease .Xenophobia in all forms should be shunned.I let history guide me in difficult situations. Tough times

  4. Roma says: April 28, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Amen I too really hope the world soon gets rid of the virus at the earliest

  5. Madhu Bindra says: April 28, 2020 at 11:46 am

    This is, unfortunately, human nature now to pick a community and place all the blame on it. And herd mentality always makes it worse.

  6. Arushi Seth says: April 28, 2020 at 11:10 am

    While i do not think it is fair to blame China till the origin is not ascertained. However, when things were bad, they should have tried to control it. After the Chinese New Year when lot of people traveled from China to all other parts of the world, some checks should have been done. They are not completely responsible but to say they have done their best is also not possible. I guess a situation of wrong timing and mis-management.

  7. Noor Anand Chawla says: April 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Xenophobia is at an all-time high because of this crisis. It’s such a sad situation. When will people change?!

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