In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a spike in xenophobic and racist violence toward those who are part of Asian (particularly Chinese) communities. We hope to highlight some strategies for coping, and recommendations for how to navigate increased media exposure.
A RESPONSE TO RACIST & XENOPHOBIC RHETORIC
At CAPS our hearts reach out to the many across the globe who have been affected by this pandemic physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially. We wish to acknowledge that this time of uncertainty can create anxiety for many individuals. Additionally, we acknowledge the particular impact on our international students and professionals, those of Asian descent in our campus community, and those who are perceived to be a part of these communities, as many have been stigmatized and subjected to racist and/or xenophobic remarks and violence. We ask our campus community to join us in rejecting prejudice and racism during this time of ever-evolving public health emergency. Let’s be guided by compassion and understanding during this difficult time.
Articles / Podcasts
- CDC: Reducing Stigma
- KQED - To be Asian with a Face Mask During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Feb 5, 2020)
- Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus (Feb 14, 2020)
- Coronaviruses on College Campuses: Fight Fear and Racism Along with the Outbreak (Mar 2, 2020)
- NPR - Code Switch - When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus (Mar 4, 2020)
- Cultural Reflections on the Face Mask Dilemma around COVID-19 part 1 &
Part 2 (Mar 8, Mar 13, 2020)
- WBUR Boston - Asian Americans Condemn Coronavirus-Based Xenophobia (Mar 12. 2020)