COVID-19 and prejudice against Asians, Asian Americans, & Pacific Islanders

At ULCC, we care about the experiences and well-being of all of our community members.  Given the increase in overt prejudice and racially-motivated attacks against Asian and Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people since the COVID-19 crisis began, we'd like to share this video.  In it, Dr. Talee Vang, a clinical psychologist in Minnesota, offers suggestions about how we can respond helpfully and effectively as allies and bystanders when we witness someone being targeted.  She speaks directly to targeted individuals as well, providing useful suggestions for dealing with racial attacks in the moment.  

Nearly 4,000 hate crimes against AAPI people have been reported in the US since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (Stop AAPI Hate). In early 2021 alone, there have been a series of incidents and random attacks targeting Asian and Asian-American people, including the most recent shootings that occurred in Atlanta, GA, resulting in the deaths of eight people, six of whom were identified as Asian women.

We condemn racist and xenophobic rhetoric, hate and violence of all kinds, and we recognize that such violence and harassment creates real trauma and negatively impacts the students we serve as well as many members of the University of Louisville community (along with their family and friends).

We proudly and unwaveringly stand with our Asian and Asian-American friends, family, students and colleagues.

Other readings and resources:

Coping, Self-Care, and Advocacy

@asianmentalhealthproject (Instagram page)

@asiansformentalhealth (Instagram page)

Asian American Psychological Association

Proactively Coping with Racism

Bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Talking about Race: Self-Care

Four Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health Practice and Restorative Healing

Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism

Discrimination: What is it and How to Cope

Referral and Education

National AAPI Mental Health Association

Asian Mental Health Collective

Asians Do Therapy

Directory of South Asian Therapists

Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

The Steve Fund

BBC  News printed an article titled Coronavirus: What attacks on Asians reveal about American Identity 

AAJA Calls on News Organizations to Exercise Care in Coverage of the Coronavirus Outbreak 

Text & Phone Supports

Crisis Text Line for Young POC
Text STEVE to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Asian Lifenet Hotline


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