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Yellow Peril and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus (Virtual)

March 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Since the COVID-19 (popularized as simply “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; they perpetuate underlying institutionalized racism and xenophobia. This panel will discuss recent episodes of anti-Asian prejudice in historical perspective, and debate how the global coronavirus scare is impacting the conversation.

This event has officially been rescheduled! Please join us Tuesday, March 31 at 5 pm for an online panel discussion with Dr. Heidi Kim, Barb Lee, and moderator Sophie To. You can join in one of two ways:

  • Register for the Zoom meeting at Then, use the link on the next page or confirmation email to join the event on Tuesday. Note: Only those who join through Zoom will be able to ask questions and interact with panelists during the event.
  • Join the Facebook livestream, which will be posted on this page, If you watch from Facebook, you will not be able to ask questions and interact with panelists during the event.



March 31, 2020
5:00 pm


Carolina Asia Center
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
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