Racism against Asian people has always existed but has lived in silence. Voices have been muted by prejudices, stereotypes, and stigmas. The arrival of COVID-19 has magnified these negative images of and discrimination against Asian people. Now, the time has come when anti-Asian racism has come to the attention and that awareness of anti-Asian racism increases. Where does the underlying mechanism for the hate crimes and increase of racist behaviour against Asian people originate from? What can we as universities do to tackle this and to create a more inclusive environment?
|Date||12 May 2021|
In this edition of the Diversity Journal Club, we will discuss anti-Asian racism* and Sinophobia based on the article “Sinophobia: How a virus reveals the many ways China is feared (Wong, 2020)”. Furthermore, we will discuss what role universities can play in combating anti-Asian racism by the articles “Why universities need to actively combat Sinophobia (Aydin, 2020)” and “How to Counter Anti-Asian Racism in the University: 7 Suggestions (Choo, n.d.)”.
An introductory talk will be given by Rosie Zheng, a student in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence at the UvA. She was born in China and has lived in the Netherlands since she was three years old. Throughout her life, she has faced anti-Asian racism many times. Currently, she is active at VHTO, WiF Students, and Asian Raisins.
*The focus will be on racism against East-Asian people.
Participation is open for all. You can join us online via this Zoom-link.
Here are three opinion pieces about this subject:
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