Recent headlines have highlighted the increased incidence of anti-Asian racism. COVID-19 racism is the anti-Chinese and anti-Asian scapegoating and xenophobic reactions, such as fear, exclusion, harassment, discrimination, microaggressions, and other racist behaviors related to the current pandemic. Inappropriate jokes, innuendos and suggestions that any or all Chinese and/or members of other Asian communities are responsible for, or suspected of having this illness can also be seen as microaggressions. The intent may not be to be hurtful, however the impact of these jokes, innuendos and suggestions causes harm and continues to contribute to misinformation.
This research guide is meant to offer resources to help give background to what COVID-19 racism is, a history of anti-Asian sentiments in the US, lesson ideas and also resources to help support and inform teachers, students and families.
The following resources provide a historical context of the racialized experience of Asian Americans in the US:
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism Authors: Rosalind S. Chou, Joe R. Feagin
Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth Author: Stacey J. Lee
Asian Americans - a 5 hour series from PBS
MGH Institute of Health Professionals and the Harvard Graduate School of Education partnered to create a series of webinars, "Let's Talk!" aimed to support the emotional well-being of Asian and Asian American students. Information and links to the webinars available here. Specifically, the webinars are:
The following is a list of organizations and solidarity groups that combat hate and anti-Asian racism:
WHAT CAN BE DONE IN RESPONSE TO ANTI-ASIAN RACISM:
Ideas for lessons as well as tips and strategies for teachers and educators
Create a Quarantine Quarterly Zine, Created by Jason Oliver Chang, Associate Professor of History & Asian and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut.
A Day in the Life of a Pandemic: COVID-19 assignment, Created by Natalia Molina, Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California