May 5, 2021
AAPI Heritage Lecture: Dr. Cindy I-fen Cheng
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
AAPI Heritage Month lecture “Anti-Asian Sentiment Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic” by Cindy I-fen Cheng, PhD. Professor of History, UW-Madison.
Since the mass outbreak of the pandemic in the U.S., the number of reported cases of violence against Asian Americans has skyrocketed. Of the over 3000 reported incidents, Asian American women were 2 ½ times more likely to be targets of verbal assaults and physical attacks than Asian American men. This surge of anti-Asian sentiment has scholars and community activists interrogate how the calling of Covid-19 the “Chinese virus” or the “Kung Flu” promoted discriminatory actions against Asian Americans. Still, questions abound over why Asians in the U.S. who are not from Wuhan and have never been there would be unduly blamed for the outbreak of the pandemic. This talk will address these difficult questions.
This event is open to all members of the community.