Tao Jiang, director of Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, was interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer about some alarming racist incidents against Chinese and people of Chinese and other East Asian descent in the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.


The interview appears in an article, “Coronavirus hasn’t reached Philly. But fear and racism are spreading,” that was published in the Inquirer on February 4, 2020:

“The legacy of racism against Chinese [and] Asians in this country can rear its ugly head at moments like this,” said Tao Jiang, director of the Center for Chinese Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “It’s still very much a developing story. But we should never allow coronavirus to become a metaphor or a joke targeting a vulnerable minority group.”