Lisa Ling’s CNN series ‘This Is Life’ explores painful historic moments. One is personal

Stephen Battaglio Wed, October 6, 2021

SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Journalist Lisa Ling's new season of "This is Life" focuses on historical events involving Blacks, Asian Americans, gays and women and connecting them to present day social justice movements. Photographed on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Santa Monica, CA. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Journalist Lisa Ling’s new season of “This Is Life” focuses on historical events involving Black and Asian Americans, the gay community and women, and connects them to present-day social justice movements. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

As a TV journalist in the public eye for more than 20 years, Lisa Ling knows that criticism and angry comments from the public come with the territory.

But she was taken aback by the viciousness of the remarks she saw last year when the country was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The day after Donald Trump called COVID the ‘China virus,’ I got two messages on social media that told me my people were responsible for it,” Ling, 48, says in a recent Zoom call from her home in Santa Monica. “I saved the tweet: ‘I hope you and your kids die from the Wuhan virus.’”

The words hurt Ling, who is Chinese American and grew up in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento. When she saw how similar rhetoric led to a staggering surge in the number of attacks on Asian Americans in cities across the country, she was galvanized to act.

To Read more: Yahoo News

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