Asian-American communities lagging behind in recovery from pandemic

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Asian-American communities are disproportionately represented in industries that have been slow to recover from the pandemic, affected by a lack of language support and other outreach activities from the federal government, advocates say.

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President Donald Trump’s rhetoric around the virus, which he has repeatedly called “the Chinese virus” or described using a racist slur, has not helped, said Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Federation Asian American. Many Asian-American business owners have said their earnings first declined in January, when coronavirus cases were first confirmed in the United States and hate crimes against Chinese and Chinese Americans. began to increase.

You fear that the current crisis will worsen if the economic recovery does not resume. She argued that Asian Americans have had to struggle against the stereotype of the “model minority” for too long, which masked a need for help.

“It’s going to be economic devastation beyond what we think. I just feel like I don’t want to say it, but I feel like, ‘Oh my god this is depression,’ ”Yoo said.

Representative Judy Chu, D-Calif., Who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, pointed out that Asian-American-owned businesses in her district and across the country saw their revenues decline before pandemic lockdowns. strike in March.

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