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Panel Discussion: “Yellow Peril” and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Carolina Asia Center and the Hussman School of Journalism and Media will sponsor “Yellow Peril” and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus. Since the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak began spreading from Wuhan, China in December 2019, anti-Asian prejudice has become painfully visible in daily life, echoing the “Yellow Peril” rhetoric of the 19th century. News and social media are bursting with cruel jokes and misinformation about Asians—from mocking what they eat to assuming that they are agents of contagion. These stereotypes are not only offensive and hurtful, perpetuating underlying institutionalized racism and xenophobia.This panel discussion will cover recent episodes of anti-Asian prejudice in historical perspective, and debate how the global coronavirus scare is impacting the conversation.


  • Barbara Lee, Founder and President at Point Made Learning
  • Heidi Kim, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill


  • Sophie Bao-Chieu To, PhD Student, Gillings School of Global Public Health


March 17, 2020
5:00 pm