Coronavirus Conversations: The rise of racism against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis

May 13, 2021

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Jen Ho Lee, a 76-year-old South Korean immigrant, poses in her apartment with a sign from a recent rally against anti-Asian hate crimes in Los Angeles, California, March 31, 2021.


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A national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes — including a recent mass shooting in Atlanta — is prompting a national conversation. From physical assault to harassment to discrimination, Asian Americans have experienced a harrowing array of violence in the US, made more acute amid the coronavirus crisis. As part of The World's series of conversations with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and as a special edition podcast in our feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a panel discussion addressing anti-Asian racism and the pandemic.

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