Chinese-Australians ‘experience discrimination’ amid diplomatic tensions and pandemic

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One in five Chinese-Australians have reported being attacked or physically threatened because of their heritage in the past year, a think tank report said.

Respondents told the Lowy Institute survey that the COVID-19 pandemic and Australia’s diplomatic disputes with China have contributed to their treatment.

About a third of people surveyed said they were treated differently or less favorably because of their Chinese heritage. A similar number reported being targeted with offensive language.

Sixty-six percent of Chinese-Australians who experienced violence, discrimination and name-calling attributed their treatment to the COVID-19 pandemic, while re52 percent said it was due to Australia’s worsening relationship with China.

Relations between Canberra and Beijing have plunged to a new low in the past year over the Federal Government’s support for an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19, disputes over the South China Sea and foreign interference legislation.

The report was released today and was based on a survey of about 1000 people in November.

Its other findings revealed that most Chinese-Australians believed Australia was a good place to live (77 per cent) and felt a sense of belonging to the country (71 per cent).

Residents with Chinese heritage experienced mixed treatment in Australia following the emergence of coronavirus in 2019, the report found.


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