Love, respect, and prayers: A letter from Lincoln’s Asian community to Bryan Health

Despite a wave of racism brought on by the coronavirus, Lincoln's Asian community continues to demonstrate its support for healthcare workers.
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The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought with it a wave of racism towards Asians in the United States and beyond.

In March, the FBI warned of a potential surge of hate crimes against Asian Americans. In Germany, one Asian couple said a man described their one-year-old baby as looking “a little bit corona,” ABC News reported.

The new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, which many say is the cause for the racist sentiments now being expressed.

At the beginning of a daily media briefing Friday morning, Bob Ravenscroft, vice president of advancement at Bryan Health, addressed such sentiments as something “that makes me mad and sad.”

“Through this all I know there have been times where we have been maybe individually mad or frustrated,” he said.

Ravenscroft then read a letter the organization had received from members of the Asian community in Lincoln.

The letter was written by Viet Nguyen of VS Nails and Supply, a beauty supply vendor located at 940 N 26th St. It accompanied a donation of 38 packages comprised of 1900 procedural masks, 152 hand sanitizers, 38 thermometers and 190 tissue packs.

Nguyen’s letter expressed gratitude toward Bryan’s staff and all healthcare workers fighting daily to save lives. It even apologized that the masks they donated weren’t the “most coveted N95 masks” that are in scarce supply across the country.

While reading the letter, Ravenscroft became emotional.

“I’m sorry that we all have to deal with it,” he said. “I hope you’re like Bryan and have zero tolerance for racism.”

The donation is another example of how the Asian community in Lincoln has stepped up to help flatten the curve.

Sue Nguyen (pictured above), the owner Sue’s Nails and Spa, donated thousands of masks, which her nail techs usually wear while giving manicures and pedicures, to Bryan Health last month.

You can read the full letter sent to Bryan Health below:

“Dear Bryan,

We know that your hospital is in need of the above items. Please accepts these items as a token of our appreciation towards the medical team at Bryan Health. We know that these masks are not the most coveted N95 masks, but we hope these masks and supplies will ease some of your concerns and most of all bring love and support we have toward medical professionals in general and your hospital especially. We pray that the people in Nebraska, as well as everyone in America and in the world will be able to get rid of this terrible virus soon and we will be able to thrive again. Much love and respect and prayers for your medical team.

Yours truly,

From Viet Nguyen from VS Nails and Supply”

Categories: Coronavirus