Monday, May 31, 2021
As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, we are also seeing rapid and ferocious eruption of racism. COVID-19 is alternatively constructed as an issue of race in the scapegoating the Chinese discourse and denied, at least initially, as an issue of race, resulting in “virtually disappear[ing]” the reality of the disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities (Bain et al. 2020). This panel focuses on the current form of anti-Asian racism and features research that examines the experiences of Asians in North America during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists clarify the particularities of anti-Asian racism, examine the impact of anti-Asian hostility and discrimination on their sense of safety and well-being, and analyse the positionality of Asians in the politics of anti-racism and how it ought to be understood in the context of anti-Black racism, North American settler colonialism, and colonialisms and imperialisms in the Asia Pacific.