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Hi, I'm Francesca, a photographer based in The Netherlands.

  • When you are leaving a city that has been your home for the last two years (and a quarantine) you got a bit nostalgic. ⁣⁣⁣
It’s almost like breaking a relationship. ⁣⁣⁣
You scroll the gallery of your phone thinking of all the memories you’ve collected.⁣⁣ A piece of your life. ⁣⁣⁣
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I’ll miss you Den Haag💛⁣Tot ziens
  • PHOTO PROJECT - Sinophobia - Asians facing racism during Coronavirus ⁣⁣⁣⁣(Link in bio)⁣ ⁣
Here one of the episodes Jiye shared with me.⁣
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“At the end of February, I was biking back home from my usual dance class when I started noticing two men on a scooter following me. I had this bad feeling that something will happen.⁣⁣
Those men driving past me on a scooter yelled out “Chinese” and the one sitting on the back tried to punch me.⁣⁣
It was really scary because it was late, I was alone and I was on a street where I couldn’t see anyone nearby.⁣⁣
I swerved when I saw the punch coming. The men drove away and I rode the rest of the way home.⁣⁣
Unfortunately, they were too far away to take a photo of the license plate.⁣⁣
I’ve filled a report to the police in my area, and I stopped going out at night for a couple of weeks”.⁣⁣
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Jiye is from Seoul, Korea. She lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
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Racism towards Asians isn’t a issue that affects only one country, that’s why this is a worldwide project.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
I know it’s a big step, but if you feel like you want to speak out about what you’re going through, drop me a line. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • PHOTO PROJECT - Sinophobia - Asian facing racism during Coronavirus ⁣(link in bio)⁣⁣
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Listening to SeungJae was very moving and difficult because of what he went through.⁣
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“You have to be brave to be an Asian in a European country” told me during our conversation.⁣⁣ “I avoid being alone in public situations. Once I was walking down the street and a guy stopped me, grabbing my shoulder, and told me ‘Hey Chinese, go back to your country with rice and sushi’. ⁣⁣⁣
This is light racism, because there is much more over here. Every day”.⁣⁣⁣
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⁣⁣He shared with me two episodes he experienced during this pandemic. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
I want to report here the first, but I suggest you to read also the second one. You can find it in the link in bio. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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“It was the beginning of March.⁣⁣⁣
I took a tram and I realized my card didn’t have enough money to get in so I went up to the service desk in the tram to buy a ticket. ⁣⁣⁣
The woman behind the desk didn’t want to sell me a ticket and she suggested I bought one outside.⁣⁣⁣
I asked her the reason, maybe the card reader was broken. ⁣⁣⁣
‘I don’t have a ticket for you’. So I told her to explain to me what she meant saying that. She tried to refuse the conversation. ⁣⁣⁣
After a while, she said ‘I have a responsibility to protect passengers in this tram and keep this tram clean. I want you to get out of here and have a nice day’⁣⁣⁣
I was really furious and I left the tram”. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣
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SeungJae is from Seoul, Korea. He lives and studies in Amsterdam , The Netherlands. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣
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Racism towards Asians isn’t a issue that affects only one country, that’s why this is a worldwide project.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
I know it’s a big step, but if you feel like you want to speak out about what you’re going through, drop me a line. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • From the archive - Zuiderpark, Den Haag💛
  • PHOTO PROJECT - Sinophobia - Asians facing racism during Coronavirus ⁣⁣⁣⁣(Link in bio)
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“I want to be part of your project because I feel the need to speak out as a way to protect myself.⁣⁣⁣⁣
I’m afraid of going outside alone due to people that call me “corona” or worse and make fun of my ethnicity. When you answer them back they just tell you ‘Oh you’re overreacting, it’s just a joke’. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
I also have a lot of friends went through these racist episodes, they decided to return to Korea until this virus  will be over.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Once I went out to the grocery store with my boyfriend. Outside of the shop, there was a lady who sneezed. After a while, I sneezed as well. I won’t forget the way she looked at me. Like I was nothing and I shouldn’t be there. Like being Asiatic is synonymous with Coronavirus. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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A racist is following his fears, his instincts. We are not animals, we don’t live on instincts. We are human beings who live in a society.⁣⁣⁣⁣
I hope people don’t use a virus as an excuse to be racist. I hope everyone can be human and respectful of those around him.⁣⁣⁣⁣
We always have to remember this”.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Kyungmi is from Seoul, Korea. She lives and studies in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣
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Racism towards Asians isn’t a issue that affects only one country, that’s why this is a worldwide project.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
I know it’s a big step, but if you feel like you want to speak out about what you’re going through, drop me a line. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • August 2019, landing in Rome
  • From the archive, Den Haag
  • From the archive, Den Haag