Asian Americans are very well-represented in the ranks of healthcare workers in the United States, and serving on the front lines of the covid-19 health crisis in America is impacting them particularly. The medical and health media outlet STAT recently ran an article about the heavy toll on the Filipino American community, which provides 4% of America’s nurses.
From the article:
Filipinos are famous for, and justly proud of, their nursing acumen. The history of Filipino nurses in the United States is a long and complicated one, a symbiotic relationship borne of war and colonialism, and as some see it, racism and the exploitation of a critical medical workforce that has often been hesitant, because of cultural norms, to complain about poor workplace conditions. …
Filipino nurses [are] continuing to go unnoticed even as they take on the most dangerous and wrenching tasks in Covid-19 units, like bathing or suctioning intubated patients and comforting and holding those who are dying without family present. …
But many Filipino nurses feel they are treated as expendable even though their large numbers and work ethic, they say, keep the American health care system functioning. Many also complain about “the bamboo ceiling” that until recently kept Filipino nurses out of positions of leadership.
Read more here:
Nursing ranks are filled with Filipino Americans. The pandemic is taking an outsized toll on them
Author: Kevin W. Fogg
"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: http://go.unc.edu/prejudiceCOVID19slides 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