Plague and Panic: A Century of Asian American Struggles against Racism and Xenophobia

Lecture Description

Both a century ago and at the beginning of the the COVID-19 pandemic, why did politicians target and demonize Chinese immigrants and draw suspicion on where Asian Americans live, eat and work as the source of contagion? This talk examines the historical experience of public health and Chinese American history to shine a lens on an ongoing 170 year problem of how public health crises can inflame and aggravates xenophobia, race and class disparities. Living with the pandemic can also demonstrate how its possible to create and mend systems of care and enhance collective well-being in ways demonstrated by Asian Americans both in the past and the present.


Asian American Public Health and Disease

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