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#ChineseLivesMatter Petition Gathers 100,000 Signatures for Man Dragged out of United Airlines Flight; Victim is Vietnamese, not Chinese

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More than 100,000 signatures have been submitted to the US government via whitehouse.gov in a petition calling for an investigation into an incident that went viral recently showing an old Asian man being dragged out with brute force from a United Airlines plane.

In the viral video, airport officials are seen forcibly dragging a man from a US flight after he refused to leave the plane after being picked to get off due to an overbooked flight. He was believed to be of Chinese decent.

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The man has, however, been identified as Dr. David Dao, an American-Vietnamese citizen from Kentucky, who was aboard the flight from Chicago-Louisville. A fellow passenger told the Washington Post that Dao was heard saying he was singlehandedly picked out to leave the flight because he was "Chinese." This appears to have been the root of the confusion over his ethnic heritage.

Nevertheless, the aftermath of the event angered many netizens prompting a petition urging the US government to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the responsible party to book.

Now that it has been revealed that Dao is Vietnamese and not Chinese, it is unclear how the Chinese community will take it, especially with the #ChineseLivesMatter petition.

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