Coronavirus, South China Sea politics fuel anti-Chinese sentiment in the Philippines

Manila universities ordering Chinese students to quarantine themselves; crematoriums refusing to accept the body of a Chinese coronavirus victim; taxi drivers reportedly turning down passengers who look Chinese. Although there are just three confirmed cases in the Philippines, coronavirus fears are already threatening to become what some scholars call an “epidemic of racism”.“When there are gaps in scientific knowledge – cliché and prejudice fill the void,” noted a blog post by scholars…