A new CBS documentary on the rise of discrimination against Asian Americans will be streamed live tonight beginning at 8pm ET/PT on CBSN and CBS News 24/7.
Asian Americans: Battling Bias will look at the impact on the pandemic on the Asian American communities, and the affect President Trump’s comments about China have had on demonizing Asian Americans.
The 30 minute special will be reported by CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang, CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano and CBS News correspondents Nancy Chen and Michael George.
It was in May of this year when Jiang asked President Trump why he was bragging about the availability of testing in the United States when “Americans are still losing their lives.”
“Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China,” Trump responded.
“Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically, that I should ask China?” the Chinese American asked.
“I’m not saying specifically to anybody,” Trump defended. “I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that.”
“That’s not a nasty question,” Jiang interjected while Trump ignored her follow up questions.
Through interviews, the documentary promises to illuminate the toll the pandemic has taken on families and small businesses; how President Trump’s rhetoric may have an influence in the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans; how this year’s social justice protests have allowed Asian Americans to find common ground with the Black Lives Matter movement over the shared experience of discrimination; and the populations of Asian Americans across the country that could have a big effect on the presidential election.
Asian Americans: Battling Bias can also be seen on CBS Village, the newly launched cross-platform franchise about diverse communities featuring reporting across the CBS News broadcast shows and CBS News Digital.
Learn more about ASIAN AMERICANS: BATTLING BIAS and stream it on demand later today at cbsnews.com/battlingbias.
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