COVID19-induced xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in the United States
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University
Sociology Seminar Series 2021-2022
10:30am - 12:00pm
Online Session via Zoom
Dr. Ertorer asserts that studying the social effects of the novel coronavirus in diverse, multi-ethnic societies is as important as understanding the health effects of it. In this talk, Dr. Ertorer will address COVID19-induced xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in the United States.
The results of her recent study reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic has made people who are perceived as "Asian" vulnerable to harassment, racism, and discrimination in the COVID era. While inappropriate jokes, slurs, derogatory language are found to be common forms of everyday racism, vandalization of property, denial of housing or a job, and physical attack are the most severe forms of discrimination faced by the participants in the study. Experiences of racism was correlated with mental health. Dr. Ertorer also found that these experiences have a negative effect on victims' sense of belonging to the American society, which is likely to create more divisions and segregation within the community.
Ertorer, S. E. (2022, February 25). COVID19-induced xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in the United States [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/940/