Jiayang Fan immigrated to the United States from China at age seven. Her mother, who had been a physician, cleaned properties in Greenwich, Connecticut, so that Fan may well attend good faculties. In 2011, Fan’s mother was diagnosed with A.L.S., and Fan oversaw her care as her condition worsened. When the COVID-19 lockdown threatened to separate her mother from the health aides who kept her alive, Fan spoke out on social media. In response, she obtained a torrent of threats against her lifestyles and that of her mother. Fan joins Dorothy Wickenden to talk about how she and her mother struggled to adjust to American tradition, and how she became a target for anti-American sentiments in China.
This episode originally aired on September 10, 2020.