Drama Beasiswa India

Saya tidak benci India, tapi tidak juga jatuh hati pada India. Sikap, perasaan, dan pikiran saya soal India adalah biasa saja. Kalau ada kesempatan pergi ke sana, saya akan bilang "ayo!". Kalaupun kesempatannya gak ada, saya juga gak akan ngebet mencari berbagai cara. Kondisi ini yang saya alami dalam setahun terakhir soal India. Pas tau saya dapet beasiswa S2 ke India, ya saya senang dan bilang "ayo!". Tapi pas tau ternyata cuma prank, ya udah. Biarin aja. Kok bisa? Jadi ceritanya gini. Di awal-awal baru pulang dari Cairo, 2021 lalu, saya banyak mencari informasi soal lowongan kerja dan beasiswa S2. Doanya memang gak condong ke dapet kerjaan atau dapet beasiswa, pokoknya yang mana yang nyantol duluan, berarti itu yang terbaik. Entah berapa beasiswa dan lowongan kerja yang waktu itu saya lamar, pokoknya tak terhitung. Lalu di tengah pencarian Google, nemu lah satu info tentang beasiswa S2 di India, namanya beasiswa ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). ICCR

Coronavirus and Anti-Asian Racism among Egyptian People

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Yesterday I crossed a school in the Downtown during my walk to university.  Suddenly a group of children ran around screaming and yelling "corona!  corona!".  They cover their nose and mouth, look at me cynically, and seems that I am the most disgusting creature in the world.  Something similar was experienced throughout my walk from uni to home.  Not all Egyptians are like that, but not as few as those who avoid it with uncharacteristic gestures of the Egyptians I know are nice and friendly.  I am still fortunate to only get scorn and yell, unlike my other friends, who were taken out of public transportation in Mokattam, rejected by an Uber and taxi driver, not served in a butcher shop, and even abandoned on the Ring Road Maadi like an Asian whose videos have been viral lately.

That same day I told the story to my Chinese friend who lives and works in Cairo.  I told him that I experienced ridicule by many Egyptian for the first time after many years living in Egypt. Then he answered, “First time?  I have only lived in this country for two months and I experience racism almost every day. Please teach me Arabic for fighting!”

The frenzy that the coronavirus has caused has unsurprisingly sparked more xenophobia and racism. I never thought racism would emerge in Egypt.  Many Egyptians cannot distinguish between Chinese and non-Chinese.  They don't know which one is Indonesian, Malaysian, Bruneian, or Chinese.  As long as we have Asian faces, they think We are the same. 

As soon as you are dealing with a globalized world, where people are traveling, and are so numerous and impossible to track, it is clearly wrong to be targeting people simply on the basis of their appearance. Even Corona virus demographically originates from China, but with the current conditions, the corona virus has spread over the world.  This is no longer the problem of China, but it has become a world problem, our common problem.  We can discriminate against Chinese people as the cause, but the virus does not discriminate against humans. Virus are not targeting human based on country, race, language, or identity. When we look the same for virus, why we have to walk alone when facing it?

The epidemic unpredictably affected other sectors in many countries. Not only in health sector, but also economy and business. If this country really wants, and indeed in fact, relies the country's income on foreign tourist visits, people should not worsen the image of this country with racism culture.  Many lay tourists make security reasons as their first question before spending their money in this country.  If now Egyptians from the lowest strata start racist against foreigners here, be prepared to face the fact that foreign Asian tourists will think over and over again to spend their money in this country.

Nowadays, hard for me and many Asians who live here to say “A7san el naas” as we are not hearing it anymore after corona outbreak. 


  1. After this outbreak, Egyptian never be same the way we used to be :(

    Imagine, I face the racial yelling and disgusting gesture 6 times a day at the different places dan dan pu transport.

    But I'm still fine and will never use phrase "A7san el Nass" again after this.


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