Racism amid COVID-19 pandemic: The ABC wants to hear your story
Asia Pacific Newsroom
The ABC will be taking a look at whether experiences of racism amid the covid-19 pandemic are widespread.
Australia prides itself as a successful multicultural country built on waves of migration post-World War II.
But a growing number of people in the Asian community are speaking out about how they have been verbally and physically assaulted, refused service or had their properties damaged since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently in Melbourne, a Chinese-Australian family’s home was targeted by vandals three times in one week and the culprit remains at large.
That family reported the incident to the police, but experts believe there are many more racist attacks that have not been reported because they do not know the legal avenues or it’s too hard to prove.
The Australian Human Rights Commission receives just a few dozen racial discrimination complaints every month, but one in four people who lodged complaints in recent months say they were targeted due to COVID-19.
We know that incidents of racism have elevated anxiety in Asian communities across Australia and an increasing number of people are now looking for solutions.
But first, we want your help to get a better picture of what’s happening across the country; to hear from people who have been subjected to racism or seen it take place.
We’d like to know:
You can write your answers in English, Chinese or Bahasa Indonesia.
Your identity will be treated as strictly confidential by the ABC, unless otherwise agreed with you, and any sensitive information you provide to us will not be published without your express permission.
For details about how the information we collect during crowdsourced investigations is handled, see the ABC Crowdsourcing Collection Statement.