After Traveling To China, North Bay Family Scorned By Neighbors

Matt Bigler
February 19, 2020 - 9:48 am

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A North Bay family that lost almost everything in the Tubbs Fire two years ago, is struggling to resume normal life following a trip to mainland China during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Amy Deng and her 8-year-old daughter Daisy returned to Santa Rosa from a trip on February 4, after visiting family in China. Since then they've been under a Sonoma County-supervised quarantine as a precaution. 

The family lost their home, their winery and their cat in the 2017 Tubbs Fire. Now they face fear and xenophobia from neighbors who worry they will be exposed to the virus even though Deng and her daughter have not become ill, the Mercury News reported

Since the virus's outbreak, Deng has lost customers at her acupuncture business, forcing her to close. Neighbors have also avoided the family and some have even called 911, according to the Mercury News. 

Neither Deng nor her daughter has shown any symptoms of COVID-19, but they are reportedly concerned the social isolation will continue even after their quarantine ends Wednesday.

Vidya Shaw, an equality expert at York University said, unfortunately, this sort of reaction is not uncommon.

“East Asian and Chinese children are being bullied, they’re being excluded. There’s calls for their social isolation,” Shaw said. “It’s quite scary, what’s happening.”