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Spatial Distribution of Anti-Asian Hate Tweets During COVID-19

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In January of 2020, SARS-CoV-2 reached the United States. An even faster-spreading virus came—xenophobic rhetoric referring to the pandemic's epicenter in Wuhan, China. Politicians flooded news outlets and social media with distrust of the Chinese government and labeled COVID-19 as the "Chinese flu," "Wuhan flu," "Kung flu" and more.

The messaging that blamed COVID-19 on its Asian country of origin appeared to spill over into the streets. Americans who are Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) began to experience racist harassment, discrimination, and physical assault at higher rates than before the ...