A Chinese man living in New York City was whacked over the head with a umbrella on a bus in Queens last week by a woman on a bus who explained herself by telling him that “I hate Chinese.”
The man, 68-year-old Wang Zenxin, stepped onto a bus in Queens along with a Chinese woman on March 7th. Once inside, a middle-aged Hispanic women gave them both a shove.
When asked what she was pushing them around for, the woman matter-of-factly replied, “Because I hate Chinese people,” according to a Chinese witness on the bus who captured the strange incident on camera. An argument and small tussle ensued with Wang scolding the woman for her racism. Finally, when Wang tried to leave the bus, the woman bonked him on his head with her umbrella.
In the video, the bus driver is seen trying to settle down the situation as one passenger angrily yells that he has places to be. Rather than call the police, Wang decided to just get out and let the bus go. He later told the New York Daily News that his head ached for several days after the incident, and finally on Saturday he contacted the police who are currently searching for the woman.
Sadly, the incident has changed the way that Wang thinks about New York. He moved to the city from China back in 1986, and has always loved its diversity, but now he worries for his own safety.
“I feel sad and I feel very uncomfortable,” he told the Daily News. “I think New York is a nice city, many kinds of races of people, all of them together, very nice, very peacefully. Now I know that some people hate Chinese and I have to be careful.”
Watch a Chinese-language news report on the incident below:
Last year, a New York Times editor was walking down the sidewalk in Manhattan with his family when a woman shouted at them: “Go back to China! Go back to your fucking country.” The incident inspired other Asian Americans to share their own encounters with racism.
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