COVID19-induced xenophobia and anti-Asian racism in the United States

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Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University

Event Title

Sociology Seminar Series 2021-2022

Document Type

Public Seminar




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.



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Speaker Biography

Dr. Secil Ertorer received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Migration and Ethnic Relations from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. She has fifteen years of experience teaching Sociology courses in Canadian and American higher education. Dr. Ertorer's research interests are in the areas of international migration, diversity, ethnic relations, and identity. She has conducted fieldwork with immigrant minority groups in England, Canada, Turkey, and the United States, focusing on settlement and integration experiences as well as re-construction of identities in the process of migration. Her current research examines API racism in the United States amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Recommended Citation

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/