Glamorous Chinese woman is dubbed a 'corona breather' in racist rant

Taiwanese job seeker is viciously trolled as a ‘corona breather’ in a racist Facebook post after pleading for work opportunities in Australia

  • A Chinese woman with Australian residency asked for help finding work online 
  • But she was soon met with a racist response, being dubbed a ‘corona breather’
  • The woman explained she was fluent in Chinese and English and had experience
  • Another person asked her to help find a cure for the deadly respiratory disease 

A Chinese woman looking for work in Australia was dubbed a ‘corona breather’ in a racist rant on Facebook.

Gia Fan, who went to university in Taiwan but is a permanent resident in Australia, said she was looking for a job in Sydney.

She explained that she had lived in Australia for 10 years, and needed money to send to family in China.

Posting her request on a Facebook group for Sydney expats, she was soon dubbed a ‘corona breather’ and mocked for her job hunt.

Gia Fan (pictured) had innocently asked for help finding work in a Sydney expats Facebook group

But she was soon met with a comment from a man (pictured) who called her a ‘corona breather’

Thirteen people have now been diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus in Australia, as the global death toll hits 426.

‘Let’s just let this virus blow over first corona breather,’ one man wrote in response to Ms Fan’s post.

Another chimed in: ‘Can you find a cure for coronavirus?’ 

‘Prepare for the creepy weirdos’, another user warned.

Alongside a glamorous picture of herself, Ms Fan pleaded for help finding a job, explaining she had retail and hospitality experience.    

Ms Fan, who has permanent residency in Australia, posted in a Facebook job asking for help finding work (pictured)

Ms Fan (pictured) explained she was fluent in both English and Chinese and had permanent residency in Australia, but wanted to send money to her family 

‘I am looking for a job around Sydney that over $25 per hour doesn’t matter what job it is, I have a lot of hospitality and retail customer service experience, fluent both English and Chinese,’ she wrote.

‘I have good references from all previous jobs. living in Australia for 10 years got my permanent resident. please help me, need money to send home for family as soon as possible. 

‘Anyone who can really helps me, recommend me to a job. I would like to pay some money for reward. Thank you!’   

Ryde councillors are now launching an emergency ‘Return to Eastwood’ PR campaign to regenerate the area (pictured) which has emptied during the coronavirus crisis

It comes as Sydney suburbs with a high Chinese population have become ghost towns amid fears of the deadly coronavirus.

Businesses in the usually bustling area of Eastwood in the city’s north-west are struggling as people avoid the suburb partly due to hysteria on social media.

There have been a number of hoax warnings on Facebook saying numerous suburbs were hit by the outbreak.

Some shop owners have reported a downturn over more than 70 per cent since the virus reached Australia.

Locals have shared footage of the deserted suburb, showing eerily empty streets and vacant car parks.

One man wearing a face mask uploaded a video to Instagram showing a shopping centre car park with just one vehicle.

One man wearing a face mask uploaded a video to Instagram showing a shopping centre car park with just one vehicle (pictured) in Eastwood



January 25

  • Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
  • Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
  • They are being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in stable condition.

January 27 

  • A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
  • The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
  • She is being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.


January 25

  • A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
  • The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
  • He is now in quarantined isolation at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.

January 29

  • A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. 
  •  The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre. He was assessed as being well enough to stay at home.

January 30

  • A woman in her 40s is found to have coronavirus. 
  •  She was visiting from China and mostly spent time with her family.
  • She is being treated at Royal Melbourne Hospital.          

    February 1

    • A woman in her 20s in Melbourne is found to have the virus


    January 29

    • Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national wass diagnosed with the virus.
    • He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.

    January 30

    • A 42-year-old Chinese woman who was travelling in the same Wuhan tour group as the 44-year-old man tests positive. She is in Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition.  

    February 4

    • An eight-year-old boy has been diagnosed coronavirus. He is also from the tour group where the other Queensland cases came from.


    February 1

    • A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives are confirmed to have coronavirus.

    CHINA: 2

    January 30

    • Two Australians have been confirmed as having the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
    • Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.





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