A 54-year-old Taiwanese woman was asked to leave her stall in Wales over fears of the coronavirus. According to The Guardian, Su Chu was met with hostile traders after she returned to her stall following a trip to Taiwan. Chu had a stall in the historic indoor Aberystwyth Market Hall for 15 years but that did not matter as some traders tried to ban her.
“When I arrived at the hall and got to my own stall the man who works opposite mine immediately asked me to leave the building,” Su told The Guardian. “He stressed that every member of the hall all think I must leave the building otherwise he will contact the council to force me out.
Su said she was upset and angered after realizing she was targeted because of her race.
“I was really upset, it was very emotional and upsetting, and I’m angry,” she said. “There are so many cases of the virus in the rest of this world, so why did this trader target me? I have no doubt it is because of my nationality, because of my skin colour. That’s what makes me deeply unhappy about this.”
She said they must have assumed that she came from China where the coronavirus outbreak started.
“I think they assume I have gone to China but I didn’t go, and they still didn’t believe me. I don’t know if they believe me now,” she said.
Despite her anger, she’s willing to forgive and just wants to get on with her life.
While some traders wanted her out of the market, others have rallied behind her. A jeweler, David Gilbert, said he will continue to support Su Chu against the “minority in the market hall.”
Another trader, however, was for the ban and didn’t think it was racial at all. The trader who stayed anonymous said, “If she had been to London or France and there had been an outbreak there it would have been the same. It’s not something we’re all involved in, and I don’t think it was handled the best way but [it was] not ever intended to be racial.”