Tension at the Intersection


Ginger Yifan Chen, 21

Chinese

California


This piece has been written in response to the recent rise in Asian American hate crime.

These words have been building up for over a year. I was in Shanghai when the news broke, on a rare visit to my hometown. I witnessed the response first-hand, and then returned to a country that belittled and denied what had happened.


I wrote this because of fear. Because of my own fear. Because of the fear of the 'other', the foreigner, the virus, of death. But I hope the words can bring courage and understanding.



Ginger Yifan Chen is a writer and filmmaker in San Francisco. Her works focus on science fiction, liminal spaces, and Chinese American narratives. Find her online @gingerychen.