Asian Americans have been feeling the rise in anti-Asian sentiment during the pandemic and one South Korean Overwatch League pro has shared some of the racial hostilities he encountered while living in Dallas, Texas. Lee “Fearless” Eui-seok moved to Texas a few months ago with several Korean teammates to play for the Dallas Fuel. But now he’s advising other Koreans to be careful because of all the hate he has encountered for being Asian.
“Being Asian here is terrifying, seriously,” he said on Twitch in Korean. “People keep trying to pick fights with us. Every time they see us, it’s like Americans will come up to us and there’s even people who cough on us. They’ll deliberately cough on us. They’ll cuss us the f**k out while laughing.
“It’s really serious. I think Koreans living overseas should be careful… And they’re mocking us saying things like “f**king Chinese” at us. They call us Chinese then harrass us.
“The racism here is unspeakable. People keep harassing us. It’s been happening basically every day. It’s my first time ever experiencing racism.”
Someone asked Lee about his experience in Los Angeles compared to Texas. He lived in LA in 2018 and he said he had no problems there.
Consequently, the Dallas Fuel owner Mike Rufail tweeted out that he was “deeply saddened” by what Lee and his teammates endured.
While Dallas Fuel assistant manager Helen “Dear” Jang tweeted that player security was their top priority.
Meanwhile, Blizzard released a statement to Polygon condemning the anti-Asian racism.
“At Activision Blizzard, we condemn racism in the strongest possible terms,” the company said. “We stand with the Asian community, our employees, and our players and are working across our organization, including esports, to do our part to combat hate and ignorance.”