Sorry for the Kung-flu: Corona & racism

June 9, 2020

Lidija Čulo

Little street journal - Croatia

„Just don’t come to EU”
”Thank you, but we don’t need your support”
”Stay away from us. Dirty and filthy.”
”You are the ones that got us in this mess… eating cats, dogs, snakes, bats… go away”
”You skint-eyed are to blame, disgusting.”

These are just some of the comments from our fellow citizens on a video of support from China, where Chinese in Croatian jerseys send their support.

Even before COVID-19 came to Europe, Chinese restaurants and shops were almost empty. What used to be one of the most popular forms of exotic cuisine, became a potential nest of diseases overnight. As if behind the kitchen door lies the hell of Wuhan, where feathers fly and cats sprint around. Put in culinary terms: as if piled prejudices about Easterners being barbarians were simmering in a pot and in a moment someone heightened the heat, they ran amok and…

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