Speaking of Asia

Understanding anti-Asian hate: You eat dogs, don't you?

Every society struggles with prejudice; what is important is how it deals with it.

Some 3,800 hate incidents against Asian Americans have been reported in the first full year of the Covid-19 pandemic. PHOTO: REUTERS

Careful readers of this newspaper will recall a remarkable column by Olivia Ho that appeared a year ago this week in which she took note of rising racism against Asians in the United States.

Holidaying with her family in the city of New Orleans, just as the pandemic-induced lockdowns were kicking in, a man cycled past Olivia and her sister with his dog in the basket. "Want to pet him?" he offered, before going on to say: "Bet you'd eat him."

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