Response to Covid-19 and Anti-Asian Racism

from the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program

We support the statement of organizations such as the Association for Asian American Studies in regard to the harassment of Asian Pacific Americans due to the Covid-19 situation:

The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 may spread in the United States. As people take precautions to manage their health (the two biggest precautions are frequent handwashing and staying home if you are sick), the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) wants to also acknowledge the rise of anti-Asian (especially anti-Chinese) harassment that many Asian Americans (particularly those who look East Asian) are experiencing.
As an organization dedicated to the study of Asian Americans, we want to be very clear that xenophobia has no place in our communities or workplaces, and that harassment of Asians due to fears of the coronavirus are not only unwarranted but sadly part of a longer history of stereotypes associating Asians, especially Chinese, with disease. We stand firm in rejecting anti-Asian bigotry in the guise of people expressing fear of Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19. We also urge people to find resources that will educate them about how to manage their health as well as why their prejudices/biases in assuming all Asians have the virus are rooted in a history of Yellow Peril rhetoric, xenophobia, ableism, and anti-Asian racism. Please encourage your colleagues and friends to explore this open-source syllabus that addresses anti-Asian bias associated with the coronavirus. And please remember: frequent handwashing, not anti-Asian stereotypes/harassment, is your best means of preventing the spread of coronavirus.

To document such hate incidents, those affected are encouraged to report them using any or all of the following websites:

The following sites may contain useful resources for those who have experienced such hate incidents (UMass Amherst is not affiliated with any of the following and including their link is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily imply an endorsement):

Other statements about the Covid-19/Coronavirus situation and its effects on Asian Americans can be found below (each link is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily imply an endorsement):