In 1986, Zenxin Wang proudly immigrated from China to New York. Since arriving in America, he’s always loved the diversity of NYC. It amazed him how different people from different backgrounds can live in harmony.
Now, at 68 years old, he’s concerned about life in New York. During a tussle on a bus in Queens, Wang was whacked with an umbrella, over the head. And, the assailant was yelling, “I don’t like Chinese people.”
In an interview with Daily News, Wang expressed sadness. He now feels uncomfortable.
Wang still believes that NYC is a “nice” city. He finds peace in the diversity… with so many different races living together. But, with the recent hateful incident, he knows that there are those who have hatred for Chinese people. So, now he has to live carefully.
It all began while Wang waited for his bus to arrive on March 7 in Flushing, NY. He was having a conversation with a Chinese woman. After boarding the bus, he and the Chinese lady were shoved by a a middle-aged Hispanic woman.
Wang asked why she was shoving at them.
“Because I hate Chinese people,” she told him.
“She said she hated Chinese and I criticized her,” Wang said. “I said, ‘This is discrimination.’ ”
His words set her off more.
“When I tried to get off the bus she hit me with the umbrella,” Wang said.
Many of the riders on the bus were also Chinese. Some of them yelled out for the woman to stop, Wang said.
Wang wanted to call the police but one passenger yelled that he was in a rush to get somewhere. Wang let the bus go with his attacker still on it.
He didn’t seek medical attention but his head ached for several days and, on Saturday, he told police what happened.
The woman is being sought by cops.
Wang pointed out that she is probably an immigrant, just like he is. “She had an accent,” he said.