Anti-Asian Racism during the Pandemic

2020, Equity + Justice, Series Distant Not Disengaged

During this pandemic, many have been quick to draw racial narratives around Asian people and COVID-19, sometimes resulting in disturbing acts of violence and racism towards Asian Canadians. Today, many Asian Canadians report feeling unsafe in their own communities—so much so that many are changing their daily routines and avoiding public areas in fear of racial aggression.

Join us for a conversation about how we can have healthy discourse on our global response to the pandemic and reject narratives that place blame on an entire race of people.

We are hosting this event with WeInclude, a group of young people who came together in response to the rise of anti-Asian sentiments and racial aggression during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vancouver. In their work, WeInclude hopes to create a community of support for Asians who feel alienated during the pandemic and challenge racism wherever and whenever it arises.

WeInclude will be launching social media accounts and a website shortly so that you can get to know them before the event

Thu, 09 Jul 2020

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Online event

Distant, Not Disengaged

Distant, Not Disengaged was created as an experimental and innovative online event series to illuminate the urgent issues and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The series was a collaboration between SFU Public Square, the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and community partner CityHive.

Watch the Series Recap


Karen Cho — award-winning documentary filmmaker, Storybooth MediaAct2EndRacism

Tim Lam — editor-in-chief, Cold Tea Collective

Amanda Wan — C19 Response Coalition

Further reading

Distant, Not Disengaged Final Report

Learn about the series’ impact on community connection and dialogue in this report featuring testimonials, media highlights, supporting resources and more.


Distant, Not Disengaged Events