Asian American Studies Program Shares Stories of Racism During COVID-19

BIPOC, immigrant, bilingual, and low-income families have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. In mid-March 2020, UMass Boston’s Asian American Studies Program created the “COVID-19 Outbreak Racism Stories Project” to enable students of color to document and share the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in their everyday lives.

Since May, the Digital Storytelling in Asian American Studies Team has presented sample digital stories for various online audiences to highlight some of the many stories and emerging issues of Asian Americans, immigrants, and low-income people in the midst of the pandemic.

“These stories have been deep and often painful to hold, but they are vitally important to share,” said Professor Shirley Tang. “Our students’ voices must be respected during this pandemic so our larger community understands the wide range of experiences of racism facing students of color at UMass Boston, nationally, and internationally.”

Tang’s COVID-19 outbreak racism digital stories co-produced with UMass Boston students have reached diverse audiences locally and nationally through webinars involving national AANAPISI directors and staff, campus leaders and staff from UMass Boston and Bunker Hill Community College, partners in the national network of the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities, participants in the Native Youth Media Program of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, and ethnic studies-focused teachers of the Boston Public Schools.

Watch the stories online.

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