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Gary R. Bunt

'Orientalism' and Coronavirus

Zeba Khan, Muslim Matters, When Racism Goes Viral: The Coronavirus And Modern Muslim Orientalism

"Online, in Muslim as well as non-Muslim spaces, social media feeds are sniggering “Eww, you eat gross things! Of course you’ll get gross diseases!” In the midst of this human tragedy, orientalist tropes about the Chinese are being sloppily repackaged as health concerns over the coronavirus, and served with a side of bat soup." Interesting detailed discussion.

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