No stigma attached: Chinese in Oman feel safe amid nCoV fears
As Chinese health officials and citizens struggle to contain the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in their country, those in other countries are reporting a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment. However, Omani hospitality and friendliness remains undeterred in these times.
BBC in a report recently stated that anti-Asian racism has been reported in the UK and elsewhere, and French Asians have complained of abuse on public transport and social media.
Chinese citizens that Muscat Daily spoke to said there is no such wave in Oman.
“As a Chinese expatriate who has lived in Oman for over two years, I feel comfortable and have not faced any racist behaviour. I did not experience any kind of discrimination; on the contrary Omani people and other residents here are very friendly and kind,” said Li Zejian, a Chinese resident based in Muscat.
Another Chinese woman based in Oman said she was saddened to hear the discrimination reports on fellow countrymen in other countries. “I heard about the situation in other countries. There is no such problem in Oman. We thank Oman for what it is,” M Jjing, said.
The fear that gripped the Chinese community in Canada during the SARS outbreak in Toronto has resurfaced. The SARS outbreak hit Toronto financially, as tourism dropped and people stayed home. Chinese-owned and Chinatown businesses were hit especially hard, and saw a loss of income estimated at between 40 per cent and 80 per cent, the
BBC report stated “The harm was serious,” Justin Kong, executive director of the Toronto chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council, told the BBC. “A loss of income, a loss of jobs, people losing their livelihood, losing their homes. Facing stigma at school, at the workplace.”
Y Yan, a sales executive in one of the shopping centres in Muscat, said, “People in Oman are very kind to us. There has not been any report of racism or discrimination at any place in Oman. Citizens and residents are very considerate and understanding and have shown immense calm. This can happen anywhere in the world. We feel safe in Oman.”
Ma Jing from the Chinese Community Club of Oman, said, “I want to thank the people of Oman for their tolerance and understanding. My friends have consciously adhered to self-isolation after returning from China for 14 days. I hope that everyone can give China a little time. I believe that our country and government will definitely solve the problem as soon as possible.”
I want to thank the people of Oman for their tolerance and understanding.
China is facing deepening isolation in various countries over its coronavirus epidemic as the death toll soared