Chinese American woman hearing an increase in insults

A DC woman said she's heard snide racial remarks intermittently before, but the hate is now getting bolder and louder.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Chinese American woman is told to go the F back to her country.

Mrs. Yee explains what happened to her around 11 p.m. Monday night, "These people came up and started cursing at me, and shouting at me to get the F out of their country and go home to mine. Well, this is my country. I was born and raised here."

Mrs. Yee doesn't want to give her full name nor does she want the story to be about her. She says she was painting the doorway to the building she grew up in on H Street in DC's Chinatown neighborhood when this happened.

The building was owned by her father, and her grandfather before that. She says the hate she used to hear muttered is now getting louder. She fears it could get louder still.

The grandmother shares, "Lately, the aggression towards minorities, especially the Chinese, have been much more vocal and much more out in the open, there's no shame in it anymore."

Psychotherapist Dr. Anita Gahdia-Smith says what happened to Yee is indicative of the stress and divide she hears from her patients more and more, this election cycle, "No one is neutral about this, people have very strong feelings and the country seems to be very divided. People are very stressed out. I think a lot of us just want this to be over."

Yee agrees, "I think it's very unfortunate but I think it's the climate of the right now."

Mrs. Yee says she lived through the 1968 riots. She says that was the last time she ever felt this unsafe, "That's what upsets me the most because were taking a step back in time 30, 40 years all the ugly is back."

It was about 10 days ago that a similar incident happened to a man who was a writer for the New York Times. He wrote about it and hundreds of people with similar experiences chimed in.

Mrs. Yee says don't assume someone doesn't belong because they look different than you. 


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