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Self Evident: Asian America's Stories

Jul 15, 2021

We're sharing the story “When Your Country Doesn’t Trust You” from the podcast WorldAffairs.

In the past year, reports of anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked across the country. A lot of this is attributed to anti-Asian rhetoric about the pandemic. But the hard truth is that whenever tensions escalate between the United States and Asian nations overseas, Asian-Americans bear the brunt of that anger at home.

In this episode, we hear from US Congressman Andy Kim about how the power competition between China and the US creates fear and anxiety on the homefront, which often escalates to anti-Asian rhetoric. Then, we hear the stories of two scientists, Wen Ho Lee and Xiaoxing Xi. Both were racially profiled by the FBI—and falsely accused of spying for the Chinese government.

Check out WorldAffairs, a podcast that features far away stories that hit close to home, wherever you get podcasts. Search for WorldAffairs, one word, no space.