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Coronavirus and the racism epidemic

As racism and the COVID-19 virus spread simultaneously, Asian people around the world are finding themselves terrified to step outside — and not just because they’re worried about getting sick. 

In this episode, NüVoices chair Joanna Chiu interviews NüVoices co-founder Sophie Lu and journalist and author Jessie Tu, who both live in Sydney. All three have experienced the harmful effects of people conflating the actions of the Chinese government with Chinese citizens, and even with the East Asian diaspora as a whole. They discuss how Asians and allies can respond to a spike in harassment and hate crimes while coping with a health crisis at the same time. 

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Joanna Chiu

Joanna Chiu has centered her writing on difficult issues facing modern China. After working as a correspondent based out of Hong Kong and Beijing, Joanna is now managing editor of Star Vancouver, the West Coast bureau of the Toronto Star. Her personal focus is on amplifying women’s voices and strengthening the network and community of women working in fields relating to China. She serves as chair of NüVoices, an editorial collective that celebrates, supports and publishes the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined). Websites: www.joannachiu.com and www.nuvoices.com

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  1. Lottie Dowling Reply

    Thanks for the great podcast on a very relevant issue related to Covid-19.
    I wanted to address something Jessie said about the lack of content in the Australian Curriculum on Asian people and heritage … while historically the curriculum has been strongly Euro-centric, there have been reparations to this recently with the new Australian Curriculum, published 2012. The curriculum has three cross curriculum priorities, which are meant to be addressed across all subject areas; Sustainability, Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islands Histories and Cultures and Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia… It is significant to see that this has been placed in equal importance alongside Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islands Histories and Cultures. While it is up to individual schools to decide how to address it, there is a strong expectation that content and texts will be used to address the shared histories and relationship of Asia and Australia. https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/cross-curriculum-priorities/asia-and-australia-s-engagement-with-asia/
    I personally feel it is encouraging to see these developments being made in mainstream education and hope these are just the first few steps in a more positive direction.

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