In a tweet from late March, President Trump advised Americans to protect those of Asian descent "in the United States, and all around the world." He posted the message hours after he once again referred to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus," a term he's used multiple times that some experts say has led to hateful attacks on those of Asian descent.
The local angle weeks later:
The coronavirus outbreak finally spread to the Kansas City region last month, but local Asian American residents say they were feeling the global pandemic's effects long before that. Adeta Chareunsab, a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, said she began facing harassment online weeks before there had been any confirmed cases in the U.S.