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Xenophobia for breakfast

There’s a NY Times article about Anti-Chinese Sentiment in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. I saw this first hand this morning. While waiting for breakfast at our hotel, an elementary school teacher from Chengdu was berated by the cook. She told him that all Chinese have the virus and his kids were coughing too. I intervened to try to explain that there is no chance they have the virus, since they’ve been traveling since before the outbreak and come from a different part of China, etc. Some young Malaysian women were there (college students?) and helped out too, but to no avail. Later, I suggested to the manager that he should tell the staff not to speak to guests this way, but he seemed more worried that he would lose staff if he made them work with Chinese guests.