From the outset of the pandemic, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have particularly been vulnerable to scapegoating, xenophobia, and violence. This volatility is not new, and in fact, follows an old pattern of racism and exclusion.
Abstract: Incidents of hate crimes, attacks, and harassment directed at Asian Americans have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. To scholars and students of Asian American history, these patterns are neither new nor surprising.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. I am Chinese and Vietnamese, so at home, it’s AAPI love and appreciation all the time. This year’s AAPI heritage month, however, feels more weighted. Even my mom feels it.