A Chinese Australian woman was attacked by a man who told her to “get out of my country” while she was walking near a suburban shopping mall in Sydney last month.
The woman named Lina told the Chinese language Sydney Today that she was waiting at a traffic light at around noon on February 4th when a Caucasian man suddenly began to berate her with a series of insults, including yelling, “Get out of my country!” at the frightened woman.
Lina tried to walk away from the situation, but the man caught up with her and punched her in the face, drawing blood. She then began to call the police and the attacker fled the scene.
The woman told police that she had been the victim of a “severe racial attack,” however, they do not appear to be taking the matter as seriously as she had hoped.
SBS Mandarin spoke with an anonymous witness to the incident who confirmed the latter part of Lina’s account:
Ms X says she was driving past when she saw the incident and so she slowed down and horned in attempt to the attention of other drivers.
“I was thinking that if someone would get out of their car to intervene, I may get out my car too,” she says.
Hearing her horn, the assailant turned to her car and allegedly started hitting her windows and shouting at her.
Because she was conscious of having her child in the car with her and “a line of cars behind me,” Ms X says she had to drive away.
“When I told my kid that I want to go back and check, they were a bit scared,” she says. “I said ‘we can’t leave the poor girl (the victim) alone.’”
When she managed to come back after parking her car roadside, she located the victim whose face was covered in blood, surrounded by other people. She left her contact details to the victim.
However, the witness said that she has not yet been contacted by police about the incident and no one has been charged with assault.
Unfortunately, people of Chinese descent are popular targets for xenophobic attacks, even in countries that they were born in. 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.
While Australians are typically friendly and good-natured that isn’t always the case. Back in 2014, a woman on a Sydney train was filmed unleashing the mother of all racist rants on an Asian commuter.
“Who is this little jerk-off he can only get a gook, he can’t even get a regular girlfriend — it is so sad,” the woman shouted at an Asian man on the train. “Is it really that small that you can’t get an Aussie girl? Poor man. Look at this bogan he has got a gook — look at it. She probably thinks he is rich.”
She later apologized, attributing her behavior to a “rotten day.”
[Images via Sydney Today]
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