Qian Julie Wang

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In former President Donald Trump’s notes at a press briefing last March, “Corona Virus” was changed to “Chinese Virus.” Credit Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post, via Getty Images

One of the first English words I learned was an ethnic slur I heard whenever my parents and I walked around the city. I was 7 years old and had just moved to Brooklyn from China. One day, eager to show off, I turned to my father and declared, “We are chinks now!” in English. My father looked as if I had stabbed him. In a grave, low voice he told me to never utter that word again.

That slur has haunted me throughout my life, cutting like a knife when I least expect it. A boy on a bike once screamed it so deep into my ear that it rang for hours afterward.…  Seguir leyendo »