Why “Chinese Virus” Upsets Some, and Why the GOP Should Care.

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My father, a USMC Veteran who fought against the communists in the Conflict in Korea, worked for the State Department for nearly a decade after that.  It just so happened along the way, he fell in love with my Japanese mother while they were both working at the American Embassy in Tokyo.

But instead of labeling the phraseology “Chinese Virus” as “racist,” let’s look at it pragmatically.

Historically, up to 80% of Asian Americans vote GOP and a lot are upset about “Chinese Virus” because they’re being – literally – physically attacked.  Gun shops are running out of ammunition in parts of Los Angeles County.  Now, if anyone has a right to be mad, it’s me.  Those Communists in China covered this up, which is one reason we’re in this situation… but I digress.   My only child was likely exposed.

 

There’s a real argument Communist China need to be punished severely by taking away their preferred trading partner status and charging them every dollar this is costing the American economy.

But, those in the Asian American communities are becoming concerned about the “semantics” of “Chinese Virus” — and many are suggesting this phraseology is going to turn a lot of GOP voters into Democrats.

I think most people would even be okay with “China’s Virus” or “Xi’s Virus” or whatever… or simply “Covid-19.”

Plus, keep in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau says approximately 20% of U.S. doctors are of Asian descent.  So, if everyone beats up all the Asian Americans, who’s going to take care of us during this health crisis?

Can we really afford losing everyone in this country of Asian descent?  What about nurses, other healthcare workers and delivery drivers?  Perhaps a simple change could make a world of difference, not just in the healthcare world and Asian American communities in the United States.. but could be a seismic shift in the world of politics.

Coronavirus Update: Why We Need to Call It Coronavirus or Covid-19

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So while I have been following events re:  #Coronavirus around the world, I have found an alarming number of #HateCrimes against those of #Asian descent.

I made my argument in a recent Instagram Post.. (https://instagram.com/karenecarlson)

First, in full disclosure, in case you didn’t get past the Instagram post, is that my mother is a Japanese citizen (NOT Japanese-American, but still a citizen) and my father was a US Marine and worked for the State Department for nearly a decade.

He fought AGAINST communism during the Conflict in Korea.  And if anyone has a reason to be infuriated, it’s me, as my daughter and I were likely exposed.

Do I think the CHINESE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT did the wrong thing in not reporting this? OF COURSE I DO, just like other Americans such as myself, who happen to have slim eyes.

BUT – even if you still want to call it #ChineseVirus, then let’s show why that’s probably not a good idea if you want to get over this #HealthCrisis.

First, according to data from the U.S. Census Department, as compiled by Data USA, 1 in 5 doctors in the United States are of Asian descent.

And what about nurses, healthcare workers, delivery drivers and the rest?  It would be like punching an African American person for Ebola – even though they’ve never been to the country of their racial origin and they had NOTHING to do with.  Would that be fair?  Here is the latest report of harassment in a very Asian-American community:

This link here shows kids harassing Vietnamese classmates: (I wanted to show you the video, but the TV station link isn’t working, so I went directly to the source)

My father passed recently, but I remember the scene very clearly.  As a child, when we were on a trip to Mount Rushmore, a shop keeper didn’t want to sell my mom food because of her race.  My Dad was gassing up the car at the time when my mom came out crying.

That’s when my dad took her back into the store, and stood right by her side while she purchased the food.  My dad was prepared for administering a serious beat-down.  He said nothing;  just stood there by her side and stared at the owner.

In short, my mom got the food.

So, if you beat up or attempt to hurt 20% of our doctors in the U.S., then how is that helping the crisis?  We’re already struggling as it is.

San Gabriel Valley Gun Sales Soar Among Asian Americans Who Fear Coronavirus-Related Attacks

I’m even okay with #WuhanFlu — or the Communist Cover Up — whatever.  But don’t blame everyone with slim eyes like mine.  Because let me tell you, if you do.. don’t forget, I’m half Samurai and half Viking, and I have been known to administer a few beat-downs myself.  #SamuariSwede

CORONAVIRUS: What We Could Face In Two Weeks.

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San Gabriel Valley Gun Sales Soar Among Asian Americans Who Fear Coronavirus-Related Attacks

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Gun sales are skyrocketing across the San Gabriel Valley as Asian Americans in the area fear they may be targeted because of their ethnicity amid rising fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Gun Sales Soar Among Asian Americans Who Fear Coronavirus-Related Attacks

PayPal: You’ve Made My List UPDATE MARCH 16th

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I was paid by a client through PayPal’s very own service called “PayPay Now” or “PayPal Here” depending on how new your phone is… it’s one of those swipe credit card readers that plugs into your phone.  However, since I have a newer iPhone without a normal audio jack, I have to use my other iPhone in order to accept a payment.  As a customer since 2008, the representative confirmed that my account has NEVER had fraud, NEVER had chargebacks or any other circumstance that would require “pause” on the part of any company – especially PayPal.

Yet – they’re holding my money, saying they’re so concerned about fraud that they have to hold my money for 30-days.  Are you kidding?  I asked time and time again – what could I do?  Can I have my client call and tell their bank it’s okay?  PayPal:  “No, that won’t work.”  What about punching in the credit card number again?  PayPal: “No.  That’s one of the highest fraud rates possible,” to which I replied, “THEN WHY DO YOU OFFER THIS SERVICE?”

Oh, wait until you hear this audio of me and a representative – or shall we say, “supervisor” at PayPal.

Just 4 minutes into my 29 minute phone call.

Yes, I told her we were recording the conversation, since it is illegal in the state of California to surreptitiously record someone without their knowledge.

That being said – this conversation went on, and on…. and on.

In fact, in the end, the so-called representative wouldn’t even tell me who regulates PayPal.  Her response was, “We’re not a bank, we’re a publicly traded company.”  So I said, “Okay, so if you’re saying you’re not regulated by the FDIC, then it’s going to be the SEC, right?”  At this point, she attempted to shut down the conversation – REFUSING to tell me who regulates the company.  Of course, a simple Google search shows which agency is responsible for regulation.

I know the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) would also be interested in their – shall we say — “unique” form of scamming people.

So just because someone paid me via credit card – PayPal plans on holding my money — at first they said, 7-10 days.. but now, it’s 30 days!?

I’d love to hear your PayPal story.  Have they ever “hijacked” your money so they could earn interest on it — while someone else is paying interest on a credit card while they benefit?

Please let me know, as it sounds like a class-action lawsuit is in order.  In fact, I happen to represent one of the top attorneys in this field, so I know a LOT about the law.

If you’re tired of being taken advantage of, TAKE ACTION!