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 first two panels in this workshop focus on Canada.
Canada Focus 1 | 13:45 to 15:15 EDT
In the Time of COVID-19: Exploring the Experiences of Anti-Chinese/Asian Racism in the GTA
Presenters: Guida Man, Elena Chou, Keefer Wong, Victoria Ogley and Ernest Leung, York University
Discussant: Tania Das Gupta, York University
A Comparative Study of Anti-Asian Racism in Canada in the Context of the COVID-19 and the SARS Pandemics
Presenter: Bill Lu, Glendon College, York University
Discussant: Harris Ali, York University
Moderator: Muyang Li, York University
Break | 15:15 to 15:30 EDT
Canada Focus 2 | 15:30 to 17:00 EDT
Public Health Communications Should Fight, Not Fuel Racism – How COVID-19 Impacted the Chinese Canadian Diaspora
Presenters: Terri Chu, Jack Rozdilsky and Aaida Mamuji, York University; Charlotte Lee, Ryerson University
Discussant: Sibo Chen, Ryerson University
COVID-19 and Asian Canadians: Why Does Race Matter
Presenter: Chandrima Chakraborty, McMaster University
Discussant: Alexander L. Q. Chen, University of Copenhagen
Moderator: Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel
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