Asian American Targeted in Racist Attack on New York City Subway

A man was filmed using a racial slur against an Asian woman on a New York City subway, saying “kung flu” in a reference COVID-19.

PeiJung Lee earlier filmed the man abusing another passenger on the train who was asking him to be quiet.

After posting the video of her being verbally abused to Twitter, the official New York City’s transit authority account replied saying there was “no room for racism on the subway”.

Human Rights Watch reported in May that the COVID-19 pandemic was being used to fuel anti-Asian racism around the world, citing examples in American cities including New York City. In the same month, the New York Police Department reported a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, according to reports. Credit: PeiJung Lee via Storyful