Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19

The pandemic has ushered in verbal and physical violence against Asian Americans. On April 15, GW hosted a virtual town hall webinar to address the crisis. Alexa Alice Joubin, one of the speakers, showed how the language of disease has historically been connected to racism. Read the coverage in GW Today

From GW Today, April 20:

Alexa Alice Joubin said connecting the language of disease to racism is not a new phenomenon. For example, it was seen in an 1886 soap advertisement “for kicking the Chinese out of the U.S.,” she said, and dubbed “yellow fever” in reference to white men who have a fetish for Asian women.

Joubin said the language is associated with a history of discrimination against Chinese that made it into U.S. law, including the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Cable Act that prevented Chinese from becoming citizens even when they married U.S. citizens.

Combating the COVID-19 crisis and racism will take all of our cognitive ability, analytical reasoning “to concentrate and harness our resources to combat disinformation,” she said, “Our greatest fight is about fear.”


Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19

Featuring experts from the GW School of Medicine, Dean Reuben Brigety of the Elliott School of International Affairs, and English Department’s Alexa Alice Joubin.

This webinar explored strategies for faculty, staff, and students to address mis/disinformation about COVID-19, recommendations to be inclusive of all perspectives related to the health situation, and how to support disproportionately targeted and vulnerable groups during a global pandemic.

Featured Panelists:

Dean Reuben Brigety, ESIA
Grace Henry, SMHS
Adrienne Poon, SMHS
Alexa Alice Joubin, English and International Affairs
Gabriel Young, Student
Emma Rafaelof, Alumna

Moderated by Kylie Stamm, ESIA Diversity Program Manager

Co-Sponsored by GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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