Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in early 2020, there have been a growing number of attacks towards people of Asian (especially Chinese) descent. The “Shadow Pandemic” of Anti-Asian racism has exacerbated the impact of COVID-19 on Asians in various ways, including their mental health, interracial relationships, stigmatization and representation. This is by no means new, as with earlier outbreaks such as SARS in 2003, there were also increased incidents of racial profiling, which prompted all levels of government and civil society to combat both the spread of the virus and discrimination in Canada. Asian Canadians thus are facing a recurrent prejudice that needs to be addressed from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
Through the Anti-Asian Racism During COVID-19 workshop, we aim to address the following questions of anti-Asian racism in Canada and beyond:
1) What explains the rising anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic?
2) In what ways does anti-Asian racism affect Asian communities and interracial relations?
3) How can the escalation of anti-Asian racism be mitigated?
The final two panels of this workshop focus on Asian Experiences in Canada and Europe and on Social Media.
Panel 5 | Asian Experiences in Canada, Europe and the US | 10:00 to 11:30 EDT
Experiences of Racial Microaggressions among Korean Students in Canada and the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presenters: Min Ah (Angie) Park and Ann Kim, York University
Discussant: Gowoon Jung, Kyung Hee University
Queering Lives under COVID-19, Dismantling Binary Oppositions: Chinese One-Child Generation Queers in London under COVID-19 Pandemic
Presenter: Scarlett Yee-man Ng, University of Oxford
Discussants: Jona Barabas, University of Hong Kong; Chi Zhang, University of St. Andrews
Moderator: Zhifan Luo, the State University of New York at Albany
Panel 6 | Social Media | 13:00 to 14:30 EDT
Exploring Anti-Asian Racism in the Canadian Twitterverse During COVID-19
Presenters: Eiman Sultan and Dennis Kao, Carleton University
Discussant: Muyang Li, York University
Can ‘Leaderless’ Anti-Asian Racism Online Activism Lead to Social Change? The use of Facebook by Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic in Québec
Presenters: Rémy Chhem, University of Ottawa; Marie-Ève Samson, University of Montréal; Vattharya Ker, Concordia University
Discussant: Zhifan Luo, the State University of New York at Albany
Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel
To register for one or both panels, please click here: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc–rqzItH9NITL01ngpSMl3E7BEk2N8V
For more information about the workshop, click here: https://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/anti-asian-racism-during-covid19-workshop/