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Racism in Germany: A Chinese-American reckoning

In a personal essay, DW's Beina Xu reflects on a coronavirus-related racist attack and confronts Germany's — and Europe's — deeply problematic idea of race.

I hadn’t seen him coming.

  • Beina Xu
  • Deutsche Welle

The man was short, stocky, roughly my father’s age.

Suddenly he was standing before me as I sat having a drink on a bench.

He pointed at the face mask crumpled in his other fist.

“This is shit,” he informed me. I blinked out of confusion.

“Corona comes from China,” he clarified.

“It’s shit, what you brought here.”

My first thought was of the…

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