COVID-19 and the APIDA Community: Impacts, Historical Oppression, and Allyship

Jun 10, 2020, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
via Zoom

This event is open to students and staff of the Ohio State University and the general public .

The global response to COVID-19 has meant a rush on cleaning supplies, food, and above all else, toilet paper. Increasing just as quickly is xenophobia, which is a fear, prejudice or hatred of people from other countries. Unfortunately, throughout history, fear of disease and racism have gone hand in hand.

In the months since COVID-19 has been circulating, Asian-Americans and Asians around the world have experienced heightened levels of verbal and physical aggression. Websites, multiple media outlets and an overwhelming amount of social media has contributed to what some experts care calling an info-demic: widespread sharing of misinformation and misunderstanding of the facts.

This workshop discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on Asian/Asian American communities both here at Ohio State and nationwide. We'll begin by discussing this NPR podcast  and article featuring Erika Lee, a historian at the University of Minnesota who studies history, immigration and epidemics. Please listen to this ahead of time if possible. Our dialogue will then shift to highlighting the history Asian Americans have with this type of racial oppression and then raising awareness of the ways we can strive for allyship with our APIDA students, friends, loved ones and colleagues.

Join us in community as we address this important facet of the COVID-19 pandemic and formulate ways that we can each play a role in interrupting bias and creating safe and inclusive communities.

ZOOM Link: Register here

If you have any questions, please contact Sophia Antoun, Intercultural Specialist for APIDA Student Initiatives at