Anti-Asian Racism during COVID-19 Workshop: Asian Identities in Canada

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 fourth workshop panel focuses on Asian Identities in Canada.


Panel 4 | Asian Identities in Canada | 13:30 to 15:00 EDT

“We’re all Chinese”: Experiences of Racialization and Discrimination among East and Southeast Asian Youth during COVID-19

Presenter: Janice Phonepraseuth, York University
Discussant: Jing Zhao, University of British Columbia

Identity Formation in the Time of COVID-19: a Study of the Canadian Chinese Diaspora’s Response to Pandemic Orientalism

Presenter: Grace Cheng-Ying Lin, John Abbott College
Discussant: Tingting (Qing) Liu, the State University of New York at Albany

Moderator: Alison Pang, University of Toronto


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For more information about the workshop, click here.

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