Peer-Reviewed Politics

The President Should Ditch The Term “Chinese Virus” But Not For The Reasons You Think

One might expect a biracial Chinese American to offer an emotional protest, but my objections have little to do with hurt feelings.

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Feb 5, 2020: Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo urged politicians to prepare for the potential that we may be unable to contain the virus and rooted all recommendations in evidence. Americans were not advised to prepare.

In 2017, the US ranked 38th in math and 24th in science — out of just 71 countries.

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credit Jerry Zhang on Unsplash

Names have power.

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And what of China’s culpability; isn’t that what this is about?

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Children in Asia on a heavily polluted beach. Photo: Riau Images/Barcroft Images via Getty Images

There’s power in that. If we choose to face this, we can change it. We can use that power, or we can trod down the same path we’ve walked for the last century.

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