A couple racially vilified by a white woman while waiting for the first ultrasound of their unborn baby have a surprising message for their abuser: ‘We forgive you’.
Australian born Jamie Shin and his partner were left shaken after the incident, where a middle-aged woman allegedly unleashed several racial slurs, including calling the couple g**ks before telling them to ‘go back to your own country, nips’.
Perth based Mr Shin began filming the woman during her tirade of abuse at a radiology clinic in Canning Vale, in Perth’s south.
Speaking days after the incident, Shin had a message for the woman.
Jamie Shin (left) claims he and his pregnant partner (right) were racially abused while waiting to to get an ultrasound of their unborn child
‘I’m willing to forgive you, if you are willing to learn,’ he said.
‘I think she needs to be educated, it’s 2021, these things shouldn’t happen.’
In Shin’s TikTok video, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times, the clip starts with Mr Shin arguing with the woman.
‘Don’t tell me to go back to my own country,’ he said. ‘Don’t yell at me,’ she replied, but Mr Shin stands his ground.
‘No, you just told me to get out of my own country and go back to where I came from. I was born here,’ he said.
A staff member at the clinic is heard in the background trying to defuse the situation by asking the middle-aged woman and her partner to wait at the front.
‘Yeah, gladly,’ the woman replies.
Jamie Shin began filming after the woman allegedly unleashed a number of racial slurs
The woman is then heard telling Mr Shin to ‘p**s off back to China’ as she walks off.
Mr Shin is a third generation Korean-Australian and his partner is 19 weeks pregnant.
‘We were sitting there minding our own business typing on our phones,’ Mr Shin told news.com.au.
‘She (abuser) then went on a whole rampage of racial slurs. She said: ‘Go back to your own country, nips’.’
He believes the woman took out her frustrations on them after her partner couldn’t come into the room while she had a procedure.
Mr Shin described clinic staff’s handling of the incident as ‘amazing’.
He claimed in his TikTok video the woman was later banned by the radiology clinic’s seven branches and by the GP who referred her.
In the wake of the Covid pandemic, Asian hatred is said to be on the rise globally – including in Australia.
Asian Australians, particularly of Chinese heritage, reported a dramatic increase in abuse and racist attacks in 2020 after it was revealed the coronavirus was first detected in China.
The woman (pictured) was eventually by staff asked to move and wait at the front
Jamie Shin had a blunt message for his abuser – ‘educate yourself, racially abuse is unacceptable’
Jamie Shin (pictured left) was born and raised in Australia, yet still is a victim of racial abuse
In May last year, two sisters of Asian descent were confronted by a 17-year-old girl in Sydney’s inner-west, who yelled a number of obscenities about their race and the pandemic.
The sisters were accused of ‘bringing coronavirus to Australia’ before being ‘told to eat another bat.’
One of the sisters was then spat on by the offender, who was later charged with three counts of common assault, using offensive language and two counts of attempting to stalk/intimidate.
In another example of casual racism, a woman, 34, from Perth, told The Guardian she took her child to the GP last July, only for another patient to stop her from entering the building.
The woman allegedly then told her ‘Asians need to stay indoors due to the spread of Covid-19.’