Tending to Anti-Asian Racism During a Pandemic

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 as well as many other people who face colourism every day.

In response to the continued racial violence connected to COVID-19, 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 experience continues to have a profound impact our mental wellbeing and our identity. The facilitators recognize the current pandemic has negatively impacted Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) disproportionately and would like to invite these individuals to participate in the sessions, as we recognize the lack of presentation of Black and Indigenous providers at Health and Counselling.

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.

About the Facilitators

Ricky and Monique, are of Chinese ancestry who intend to educate and address racism and xenophobia towards the Asian community specific 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.  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 wellbeing.

Ricky Tu

Ricky is HCS' Transition Case Manager, who provides specific support for students from international pathways.

Contact: ricky_tu@sfu.ca

Monique Wong

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.

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.


Understanding Racism and Oppression and the impacts on our wellbeing


Thursday, October 29


10:00 to 11:30am


Online via Zoom


Due to limited space – we ask all those potential participants who are interested to complete the screening questionnaire. The facilitators will review the questionnaires and those selected to join the group will be emailed the Zoom link and details.

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