Ohio State University: Study reveals why some blame Asian Americans for COVID-19

Ohio State University: Study reveals why some blame Asian Americans for COVID-19. “A blend of racial prejudice, poor coping and partisan media viewing were found in Americans who stigmatized people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. But it was prejudice against Asian Americans that was most strongly linked to beliefs that Asians were responsible for the pandemic and most at risk for spreading it, results showed.”

Phys .org: Asian Americans more affected by pandemic-related unemployment than any other racial group

Phys .org: Asian Americans more affected by pandemic-related unemployment than any other racial group. “While the lockdown associated with COVID-19 has negatively affected people from all walks of life, one U.S. minority group is bearing the brunt of unemployment. According to a new study by a quartet of University of Kansas researchers, the pandemic’s effect on the labor market has hit Asian Americans the hardest.”

Stanford University: New Online Exhibits from the Medical History Center

Stanford University: New Online Exhibits from the Medical History Center. “Adelaide Brown was one of the first women to graduate from the school. Iga Mori was one of the school’s first Asian graduates. Both of them went on to careers in medicine and public health that demonstrate obstacles they faced as well as their resilience and activism.”

Washington Post: When Trump gets coronavirus, Chinese Americans pay a price

Washington Post: When Trump gets coronavirus, Chinese Americans pay a price. “In an analysis of 2.7 million tweets in the three days after Trump announced his and first lady Melania Trump’s diagnosis on Twitter, the ADL found elevated language associated with hostility against Asians, compared with the previous day. In the 12 hours after Trump’s announcement, ADL saw an 85 percent spike in such language. The announcement sparked thousands of online conversations blaming China for trying to purposefully infect the president, the researchers found.”

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: UCLA Research Center Develops Online Anti-Racism Hub Focusing on Asian Americans

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: UCLA Research Center Develops Online Anti-Racism Hub Focusing on Asian Americans. “A new website known as the Movement Hub was developed by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK) to serve as a centralized platform to amplify on-the-ground activism and organizing by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The website offers resources for and by AAPI organizations to promote cross-racial unity.”

Newsweek: PBS Gives You a Virtual Experience of Being Japanese American During WWII

Newsweek: PBS Gives You a Virtual Experience of Being Japanese American During WWII. “‘Prisoner in My Homeland’ is the sixth game in the free interactive educational series. The game shows middle and high school students what life was like through the eyes of a Japanese American teenager named Henry Tanaka during World War II. In the game, Tanaka’s family is forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, for a prison camp in Manzanar, California. Players will make decisions based on survival and resistance, and challenge them to think about whether they should help their community, focus on family, support the war effort or resist injustice.”

Associated Press: Mounting US deaths reveal an outsize toll on people of color

Associated Press: Mounting US deaths reveal an outsize toll on people of color. “As many as 215,000 more people than usual died in the U.S. during the first seven months of 2020, suggesting that the number of lives lost to the coronavirus is significantly higher than the official toll. And half the dead were people of color — Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and, to a marked degree unrecognized until now, Asian Americans. The new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a stark disparity: Deaths among minorities during the crisis have risen far more than they have among whites.”

Northwestern University: New Tool Maps Racial Disparity in Arrests Across the Country

Northwestern University: New Tool Maps Racial Disparity in Arrests Across the Country. “As communities across America have gathered in recent months to protest police abuses, researchers are taking a close look at how, where, and why racial disparities in policing occur. [Institute For Policy Research] sociologist Beth Redbird is one of them, and with graduate research assistant Kat Albrecht she’s compiled the data for a powerful new visual tool that shows how those disparities have grown over time. With their new police bias map, Redbird and Albrecht show county by county the extent to which Black Americans are arrested at a higher rate than White Americans — a trend that has only accelerated in recent decades. They also include data on the arrests of Asian Americans and American Indians, the latter of whom saw an increase in disparity that matches that among Blacks.”

Stephenville Empire-Tribune: Coronavirus-inspired racism sows fear, anger among local Asian community

Stephenville Empire-Tribune: Coronavirus-inspired racism sows fear, anger among local Asian community. “Hurt. Angry. Unsafe. That’s how Jasmine Yuan says she felt in March when a stranger in a car yelled ‘corona!’ at her while driving by in a grocery store parking lot in North Austin. Yuan, 39, said she loves Austin and considers it a diverse, multicultural city, but lamented that she now fears portions of town that used to be part of her everyday life. After the incident, Yuan said she has avoided public places that she feels might put her at risk of being targeted again.”

Fast Company: This new Twitter bot has Asian front-line workers responding directly to COVID-19 racism

Fast Company: This new Twitter bot has Asian front-line workers responding directly to COVID-19 racism. “The First Responder Twitter Bot responds to COVID-19-inspired racist tweets with videos that aim both to educate the perpetrators and uplift Asian front-line workers. It also responds to those tweeting in support of Asians, with tips on how to be first responders to racism when you witness it in person.”

‘We just want to be safe’: Hate crimes, harassment of Asian Americans rise amid coronavirus pandemic (USA Today)

USA Today: ‘We just want to be safe’: Hate crimes, harassment of Asian Americans rise amid coronavirus pandemic. “In California’s Alameda County, a Chinese American man was screamed at while mowing his lawn. The local prosecutor said the man was told to get out of America. In neighboring Santa Clara County, a Vietnamese couple was threatened while in a grocery store. Officials said the man turned his hand into the shape of a gun. In New York City, people of Asian descent were assaulted, kicked, pushed and accosted on subway trains. The theme: This virus is your fault.”

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives. “While students have answered the call to stay at home and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they are confronted with unprecedented challenges to both them and their friends, families, and neighbors. For Asian American students, the threat of racism, targeted discrimination, and social isolation can take an additional toll. To provide students with a creative outlet, and to bring light to the experiences of Asian American students in isolation, UConn’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) has launched Illustrated Resilience – an ongoing online exhibit of student narratives and work from professional artists intended to document student experiences and raise awareness about the personal and societal impacts of the lack of medical preparation, access to testing, imbalanced relief, and deepening inequality while providing a creative outlet through the use of visual arts.”

BuzzFeed News: Three Teens Have Been Charged With Kicking An Asian Woman In The Face At A Metro Stop

BuzzFeed News: Three Teens Have Been Charged With Kicking An Asian Woman In The Face At A Metro Stop. “Officials in Minnesota have arrested three teens after a viral Instagram video showed them allegedly taunting an Asian woman who was alone at a metro stop before kicking her in the face, then running away, laughing. The assault occurred just after midnight on Monday, May 4, at the Green Line light-rail station in St. Paul, Metro Transit spokesperson Howie Padilla told BuzzFeed News Friday night.”

San Francisco Examiner: Jam-packed Asian Pacific American Heritage Month goes online

San Francisco Examiner: Jam-packed Asian Pacific American Heritage Month goes online. “May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this year’s cultural and arts programming — presented by the APA Heritage Foundation, the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Public Library and Center for Asian American Media — is online.”