Nationality: British European
Residence: Sherman Oaks, California
Date of Performance/Collection: March 10, 2020
Primary Language: English
Informant: My editing partner told me about how she started having a coughing fit in class and the teacher actually asked her to leave. Like it wasn’t even the cough associated with Covid, it was a wet cough that she had been suffering from for a while. Everyone in class was freaking out even after she left.
Interviewer: She actually left the class? Do you think there was any racism as a part of it?
Informant: Oh it was racially charged. To say that it wasn’t racially charged would be f***ed. She’s f***ing asian.
Background: My informant and I were discussing the fear that was taking over the university campus and she brought up this story she heard from a friend.
Thoughts: The reason why I had to ask a clarifying question was because I suspected the student in question was Asian. At the time a lot of Asian students were facing racists slights such as this. It makes me wonder if the informant’s friend still would have been asked to leave the class if she wasn’t Asian.