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N.N., a teen in Berkeley, CA

“Summer didn’t feel like summer because nothing really changed except for the fact that I wasn’t doing schoolwork all day, but it wasn’t the break I needed. It was not the stress-free summer I usually have – how could it be, I was starting to apply to college and things quickly turned downhill for my family.”

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C.R.W., 22, a student in Hangzhou, China

“我因为在机上写论文头脑发热,测出一次37.6导致61A被划为活人禁止靠近区域 […] 我在一路上被太多医护人员(全都全副武装,看上去一个个都一样)照顾过。[…] 他们精疲力竭,他们懒得告知要把你送到哪去,但他们对同胞有关爱有公心,你可以看出来他们不只是在完成任务。[…] 如今我已经出院,体温多次测试均正常,核酸检测两次均为阴性,转移至酒店继续12天隔离。”

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R.O., 69, a retired imports adviser in Cypress, CA

“In Japan, it is very common to see people wearing face masks especially if they are sick or with a cough or sneeze a mask is worn out of respect for others. Why pollute another’s air? But, in the America, the wearing of a mask gave a negative denotation. Suddenly, because you are Asian, you became suspected of being a carrier, a cause of the disease and the change of life. The ugly side of even the most God-fearing person exuded nasty and hateful comments to Asians with activity of people coughing into the Asian face…”

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