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Hmong-American in Minnesota confront a COVID-19 backlash

A St. Paul’s mother, also of Hmong descent, states two delivery men refused to install a new washer in her home after accusing her teenage son of being sick.

And a state Health Department hotline intended to answer questions about the new coronavirus has been fielding a high volume of calls from the public complaining about Asian Americans.

Many Asian descents in Minnesota says they’re facing increased racism from name-calling to denial of services, as COVID-19 spreads across the state. State officials say it’s too early to say whether ‘s been an range of complaints, but say they’re busy investigating cases.

“Somebody else saw them and said something like, ‘Take your virus and go back home, ’” Thao-Urabe said. “Things like that are making individuals feel like there is a lot of assumptions about who are carriers. And Asian Americans, regardless of whether you’ve traveled, appear to have become the target. ”