Tending to Anti-Asian Racism

International Students, Identity, Upcoming

Throughout this pandemic, we have seen a growth in anti-Asian racism from racial slurs to violent acts, all of which have negatively impacted the Asian community.

Tending to Anti-Asian Racism:

We understand the discussion of racism can activate a person’s responses. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out for support from our Mental Health Nurses during our hours of operation at 778-782-4615. If you need support outside of our office hours, please connect with the My SSP program.

What is Tending to Anti-Asian Racism?

Tending to Anti-Asian Racism is a support group to support students from the Asian community who feel alienated and/or targeted by the continued racial violence.

Why do we offer it?

In response to the continued racial violence, we would like to create a safe and confidential space to support students from the Asian community who feel alienated and/or targeted.

The racial violence we have experienced continues to have a profound impact on our mental well-being and our identity.

How does it work?

With the creation of a safe and confidential space the facilitators invite BIPOC students to participate with the hope that together, we can examine the concepts of power, privilege, oppression, and internalized racism and explore how it impacts our mental wellness. We will also discuss and explore our mind and body responses toward trauma and develop skills to reduce the impact on our well-being. 

The facilitators recognize the current pandemic has also negatively impacted Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) more than ever and would like to invite these individuals to participate in the sessions. 

How do I join?

Registration has closed.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Ricky at ricky_tu@sfu.ca.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Sessions will be held via Zoom.


Check out Upcoming Session for any updated times or changes to the sessions.

Upcoming Session

About the Facilitators

Monique and Ricky, are of Chinese ancestry who intend to educate and address racism and xenophobia towards the Asian community which has grown even more prevalent due to COVID-19. We hope to educate and understand the impact racism has on our mental wellbeing and provide skills to cope with the impact. Both Ricky and Monique acknowledge that they are not able to speak about the experiences of BIPOC students, nor are they “experts” or “representatives of the Asian experience” in any way.

Monique is a Registered Counsellor while Ricky is a Registered Social Worker, both work at Health Counselling Services. Monique is a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong, and identified as cisgender and heterosexual. Ricky is a second generation Chinese Canadian. They are both deeply passionate about supporting and increasing the wellbeing of students at SFU.

Monique Wong 黃敏晶 (She/Hers)

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Monique is a recent immigrant from Hong Kong after being an international student here for over a decade. Cantonese is her mother tongue; Mandarin and English are her additional languages. Her professional interest lies in the role culture and race play in our being, including mental health, gender and sexual orientation. Her practice philosophy is that everyone is the author of their stories. She believes human connection is the basic ingredient for healing. Her counselling approach empathizes the mind-body connection through the lens of cultural humility, somatic experiencing, narrative therapy, and mindfulness practice.

Ricky Tu (He/Him)

Transition Case Manager