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Miami man calls Asian-American woman an ‘ugly-a** ch*nk’ during dispute over face masks

An Asian-American woman has been subjected to a tirade of racist abuse after asking a man to wear a face mask while traveling on a Miami bus. 

The victim, who has only identified herself as Lai, recorded a portion of the incident as it occurred on March 9. 

The footage, which she shared with The Miami New Times on Tuesday, begins after Lai asks the man to cover his mouth and nose amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘Mind your goddamn business, Chinese lady. Ugly-ass ch*nk,’ the unidentified man responds after ignoring her request. 

'Mind your goddamn business, Chinese lady. Ugly-ass ch*nk,' the unidentified man stated in the clip

An Asian-American woman has been subjected to a tirade of racist abuse after asking a man to wear a face mask while traveling on a Miami bus

When Lai tells the man that he ‘does not need to be racist’, he snaps back: ‘F**k you!’

Later in the clip, he splutters: ‘I don’t care about you peoples, man. Go to hell, dog. This America, Jap!’

‘I’m from America! I was born here!’ Lai can then be heard responding, appearing to make the man more enraged. 

He then proceeds to put his middle finger up to the camera and states: ‘Smile for this ch*nk!’ 

The encounter did not turn violent – something that Lai says she is thankful for, despite being subject to racial slurs and abuse. 

‘I’m glad and lucky that it was only verbal harassment because a lot of things have happened to more vulnerable people,’ she stated. 

According to The Miami New Times, the man is unlikely to face any charges even if he is identified. Florida does not have standalone charges for hate crimes. 

According to The Miami New Times, the man is unlikely to face any charges even if he is identified. Florida does not have standalone charges for hate crimes

According to The Miami New Times, the man is unlikely to face any charges even if he is identified. Florida does not have standalone charges for hate crimes

In a separate interview, Lai told NBC6 that she decided to share the video to show the abuse that Asian-American people can be subjected amid an uptick in hate crimes. 

‘It’s demoralizing. It’s like they view you as subhuman. Like you don’t belong, but I do belong,’ Lai stated. 

‘Diversity is what makes this country so strong, so for someone to say something like that it’s honestly heartbreaking.’ 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many US cities have seen an increase in instances of anti-Asian violence and abuse. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many US cities have seen an increase in instances of anti-Asian violence and abuse. A woman is seen at a #StopAsianHate march in New York last week

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many US cities have seen an increase in instances of anti-Asian violence and abuse. A woman is seen at a #StopAsianHate march in New York last week 

Demonstrators are seen at an anti-racism march in Philadelphia last week

 Demonstrators are seen at an anti-racism march in Philadelphia last week

Many believe that the attacks have been fueled by the fact that the coronavirus originated in China, prompting perpetrators to target random Asian-Americans as scapegoats. 

In New York, the NYPD reported 28 arrests for hate crimes targeting Asians in 2020, up from three in 2019. 

In San Francisco, police have increased patrols following a violent attack on an Asian-American grandmother last week. 

In Atlanta, police are investigating whether last week’s spa shootings – in which six Asian women were shot dead – were racially motivated. 

Meanwhile, back in Miami, county mayor Daniella Levine Cava has firmly denounced the racist incident on board the city bus. 

‘Hate speech has no place in our community, period. We must stand together to condemn all forms of bigotry and hatred, as we confront the rise of violence against Asian Americans,’ she told NBC6. 

Many believe that the attacks have been fueled by the fact that the coronavirus originated in China, prompting perpetrators to target random Asian-Americans as scapegoats

Many believe that the attacks have been fueled by the fact that the coronavirus originated in China, prompting perpetrators to target random Asian-Americans as scapegoats 


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