NextSharkNextShark.com
Latest Newsletter🍵 Hawaii’s homeless desperationRead

Article

Advocates fear new COVID testing requirements for Chinese travelers will stoke anti-Asian hate

Covid testing requirements anti-Asian hate
via Gerd Altmann

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    Before you read:


    Asian community advocates have expressed concern about the renewed COVID-19 testing requirement in the U.S. for travelers arriving from China. 

    The requirement, which went into effect on Thursday, states that all passengers two years old and above from China, Hong Kong and Macao must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding their flights. Passengers must ensure that they were tested no more than two days before their trip.

    Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Italy have announced similar testing requirements for passengers originating from China. U.S. health officials cited China’s most recent surge in cases and the country’s lack of transparency regarding its skyrocketing COVID rates.

    “We know these measures will not eliminate all risk or completely prevent people who are infected from entering the United States,” a federal health official was quoted by CNN as saying. However, “taken together they will help limit the number of infected people and provide us an early warning about new variants.”

    Advocates noted that singling out a specific group of travelers could potentially start a new wave of anti-Asian hate incidents.

    Many of them warn that indiscriminate rhetoric used by officials and public figures could give rise to more anti-Asian discrimination. This type of rhetoric has contributed to anti-Asian sentiment since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Manjusha Kulkarni.

    “Since we started receiving incident reports in March 2020, we have more than 11,000 reports from individuals across the country who have experienced anti-Asian hate,” Kulkarni told USA Today, citing terms such as “kung flu” which were used by former President Donald Trump and others at the time. 

    Kulkarni, who is also executive director of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) coalition AAPI Equity Alliance, claimed that “there are many sources of information that drive animosity, but combined, it has the effect of legitimizing the scapegoating of Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans.”

    While Kulkarni acknowledges the surge of infection rates in several countries around the world, she believes there are alternatives to singling out a specific geographic region.

    “If we are truly worried about these variants and their spread through travel, then we should consider looking at new masking policies and requiring negative tests for all travelers, no matter where they come from,” she suggested.


    Related stories:

     

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal