Town of Chapel Hill Expresses Support to Community Members

Town of Chapel Hill Building Integrated Communities partners recently created these videos featuring Police Chief Blue expressing support to community members, particularly residents with Asian ancestry, who have faced racism and discrimination.

Town partners are “committed to being a place for everyone and want our community, including community members of Asian descent, to know that we support them. Please share these videos and let us know if you hear of any incidents of discrimination in the community.”




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To learn more about resources for immigrants and how local governments are supporting communities during the COVID-19 crisis, visit

Rumor, Chinese Diets, and Covid-19: Questions and Answers about Chinese Food and Eating Habits

Posted by Carolina Asia Center on Thursday, May 14, 2020


A Live, Online Panel sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the UNC Department of History.

The current pandemic has brought fresh attention—much of it based on negative stereotypes—to Chinese cultures of food and hygiene. Ranging from debunked rumors of “bat soup” in Wuhan[1] to the eschewing of Asian food in the US early in the pandemic,[2] the diet of an imagined “Chinese people” writ large has become a source of fascination, revulsion, and moral discussion. Alongside a very real concern that bats, pangolins, or another animal may have been the initial reservoir for the deadly COVID-19 virus,[3] a rolling ball of moral concern has “spilled over” to other Chinese eating habits completely unrelated to the Coronavirus outbreak. Questions of hygiene and food culture have a long and storied history in China-global relations, ranging from the hygienic practices of colonial powers in Chinese treaty ports to the xenophobic behavior of California residents who labeled Chinese immigrants as “rat-eaters.”[4] In this panel, three experts on Chinese food history and history of medicine will discuss how and why real public health concerns over sanitary conditions in Chinese wet markets, loosely related health concerns over the consumption of wild animals worldwide, and completely unrelated aspects of the Chinese diet have been bundled into one, dangerously racialized moral discourse in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will also provide insight on how the reappearance of such a narrative may affect the future of global relations with China.


Michelle King, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dept. of History

Wendy Jia-Chen Fu, Assistant Professor, Emory University, Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Miranda Brown, Professor, University of Michigan, Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures


Donald Santacaterina, doctoral candidate, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dept. of History

For referenced materials, please click here.

[3] American Chemical Society. “Missing link in coronavirus jump from bats to humans could be pangolins, not snakes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 March 2020.
[4] Ruth Rogaski, Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty Port China (Berkeley: University of California Pres, 2004). See also Andrew Coe, Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 114.

“Yellow Peril” & Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus Panel Video

"Yellow Peril" and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus

Thank you all much for joining us for this powerful and insightful panel discussion on "Yellow Peril" and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus. The recorded video is below so please feel free to share it with your networks! Slides will be available here: Thank you once again to our amazing panelists Barb Lee, Dr. Heidi Kim, and moderator Sophie To!!!!!

Posted by Carolina Asia Center on Tuesday, March 31, 2020


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.

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

Moderator: Sophie Bao-Chieu To, PhD student, Gillings School of Global Public Health