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A significant proportion of Australians of Chinese descent have reported being subjected to racism since the pandemic began and relations with Beijing deteriorated.   © Reuters

MELBOURNE -- Keeping their eyes closed, students await the next command from the martial arts teacher. They've come to the Museum of Chinese Australian History in Melbourne to learn knowledge and skills for responding to racism.

"Take a deep breath and say: 'I won't let this affect me today," the instructor, Sifu Damien Chauremootoo, advises.

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