Actress Anita Chui (崔碧珈) returned to Hong Kong on Friday, March 20th in a flight from Los Angeles. When she was greeted by reporters at the terminal, the 31-year-old immediately pulled out her government documentation and showed them her tracking wristband, sharing that she has already passed through medical check-ups and will be doing her mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at a hotel.
Her flight to Hong Kong from Los Angeles took 16 hours. During that time, she only went to the bathroom once and did not eat any food. She drank liquids with a straw. “It wasn’t a full flight,” she shared. “It was about 60 to 70 percent full. The seats next to me were occupied. Many passengers wore face masks and rain coats. I had on my kitchen gloves. It wasn’t a stressful flight. I prepared myself and sanitized my area thoroughly.”
As of March 20th, United States has reported 17,235 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Los Angeles has 292 confirmed cases. Xenophobia and racism against Chinese and Asians in the country have been on the rise, and Anita herself had experienced this first-hand several times.
“It’s apparent that racism against the Chinese have increased after Donald Trump’s announcements about the pandemic. I did receive rather rude treatment while I was at the gym or taking transport. They would say things like, ‘Are you sick? Don’t get me sick’ or ‘Ask her about the virus. She knows more about it’. In the past, I was never scared that I would get that kind of treatment when I go overseas, but this time, it really made me unhappy.”
More and more Chinese Americans are now finding the need to arm themselves for protection. A gun shop in Arcadia—a city in the Los Angeles County—has seen an increase in Asian customers over the past few months. “There was a long line going into the store,” said Anita. “It’s like they’re lining up to go into a supermarket.”
Anita was originally scheduled to leave for Hong Kong next week, but decided to change the flight to a week earlier. “My mother was getting worried. Hollywood’s also getting more dangerous to live in.”
The hotel which Anita will be quarantining at will not be providing food and housekeeping. Instead, her mother will be assisting Anita with her meals. As for whether or not her early return to Hong Kong would affect her work, she said, “Originally I was shooting a commercial and a film [in LA], but now that’s canceled. I wouldn’t have anything to do anyways if I stayed there.”
Anita added that she plans on producing short film about the coronavirus prevention during her quarantine at the hotel.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.