In The Pandemic's Wake: Fight the Virus, NOT the People
This Zoom webinar aired October 18, 2022, as part of the "In the Pandemic’s Wake: Social Change and Reflection with Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders" series.
This video includes closed captions and American Sign Language interpretation.
Eleven days before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, a banner that read, "Fight the Virus, NOT the People," was carried by members of the Chinese American community at one of the first rallies to protest COVID-19-related hate crimes against Asian Americans. Although it was one of the first rallies of its kind during the current public health crisis, the ongoing discrimination existed far before 2020.
How does history shape and inform community wellbeing today? Watch a conversation moderated by Smithsonian Curator Theodore Gonzalves with Melissa Borjas (Assistant Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan), Cathy Choy (Professor of Ethnic Studies and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice at the University of California Berkeley), and Nayan Shah (historian and Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and History at the University of Southern California).
Host: Andrea Kim Neighbors, head of Education at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Webinar Series: In the Pandemic's Wake
This program was offered as part of the virtual series, "In the Pandemic’s Wake: Social Change and Reflection with Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders," presented by Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Asian Pacific American Center with federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.