Anti-Racism Resources

Links to resources, news stories, opinion pieces, and scholarly articles on race in Asian, or in Asian diaspora communities:

Asian Studies Statement on Racial Violence and Racial Injustice


Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (AP3CON) COVID-19 Resources—“#StopAAPIHate

Treating Yellow Peril: Resources to Address Coronavirus Racism.”

Asian American Feminist Collective––COVID-19 and Anti-Racism Resources.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)–– “Solidarity Matters: Black History Month Through An Asian American Lens.”

Open letter from Freedom Inc.’s Southeast Asian Team on COVID-19 and Black Solidarity

Lausan Collective, Pacific Rim Solidarity Network and Seeding Change–– “Asian leftists challenging global racial capitalism in the time of COVID-19: A joint solidarity statement on global anti-Blackness and racism against African migrants in China during COVID-19

Black Women Radicals’s “Black and Asian-American Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List.”


News Articles and Opinion Pieces

Jewher Ilham and Munawwar Abdulla, “China Says There’s No Risk of a COVID-19 Outbreak in Xinjiang Camps. Don’t Believe It.” 28 February 2020.

Lauren Aratani, “‘Coughing while Asian’: living in fear as racism feeds off coronavirus panic.” 24 March 2020.

Paula Larsson. “Coronavirus: how language of disease produces anti-Asian racism, hate and violence.” 31 March 2020.

Crystal Hana Kim, “‘Anti-Asian racism has come roaring back with Covid-19’: Cathy Park Hong on being Asian American.” 1 April 2020.

Seashia Vang, “Trump Adds to Asian-Americans’ Fears: We already have an epic health crisis; we don’t need a racialized social crisis as well.” 1 April 2020.

Laura Zhou. “China to ease coronavirus rules for African nationals after racism accusations.” 14 April 2020.

Dominique Mosbergen, “COVID-19 Surge Exposes Ugly Truth About Singapore’s Treatment Of Migrant Workers.” 24 April 2020.

SCMP Reporters. “China plans to send Uygur Muslims from Xinjiang re-education camps to work in other parts of country.” 2 May 2020.

Phoebe Zhang and Guo Rui. “Coronavirus: crackdowns, racism and forced quarantine heighten tension for Africans in Guangzhou.” 2 May 2020.

Human Rights Watch, “China: Covid-19 Discrimination Against Africans.” 5 May 2020.

April Zhu, “A Lost ‘Little Africa’: How China, Too, Blames Foreigners for the Virus.” 5 May 2020.

Ari Larissa Heinrich, “Before Coronavirus, China was Falsely Blamed for Spreading Smallpox. Racism Played a Roll Then, Too.” 6 May 2020.

Human Rights Watch, “Covid-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide.” 12 May 2020.

Prakhar Raghuvanshi, “The Persecution of the Uighur Minority Amidst COVID-19.” 21 May 2020.

26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets. 29 May 2020.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Of Course there are Protests. The State is Failing Black People.” 29 May 2020

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge.” 30 May 2020

Su-lin Tan, “‘You Chinese virus spreader’: after coronavirus, Australia has an anti-Asian racism outbreak to deal with.” 30 May 2020.

Soo Youn, “How you can be a better coworker to your black colleagues right now.” 3 June 2020Human Rights Watch, “US: Covid-19 Disparities Reflect Structural Racism, Abuses.” 10 June 2020.

Judith Sunderland, “‘Under water or under a knee, we can’t breathe’: Europe has turned a blind eye to deaths in the Mediterranean.” 11 June 2020.

Colin Drury, “Canadian indigenous chief Allan Adam battered by police during arrest.” 13 June 2020.



PBS Series, Asian Americans (Streaming in the US)

PBS Series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Streaming in the US)

Documentary Film, Guangzhou Dream Factory: The African Community in Guangzhou, China (Streamable through Kanopy)


Scholarly Articles on-line:

Russell, John G. “Excluded Presence: Shoguns, Minstrels, Bodyguards, and Japan’s Encounter with the Black Other.” (Zinbun 40, 2008)


Bibliography of Anti-racist scholarship on Asia

Hong, Cathy Park. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.

Kim, Bumsoo. “‘Blatant Discrimination Disappears, But …’: The Politics of Everyday Exclusion in Contemporary Japan,” Asian Perspective, Apr.-June 2011, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Apr.-June 2011), pp. 287-308.

Russell, John G. “Consuming Passions: Spectacle, Self-Transformation, and the commodification of blackness in Japan.” positions: east asia cultures critique, vol. 6, No. 1 (1998); 113-177.

Russell, John G. “Narratives of Denial: Racial Chauvinism and the Black Other in Japan.” Japan Quarterly, vol. 38, No. 4 (1991).

Russell, John G. “Playing with Race/Authenticating Alterity: Authenticity, Mimesis, and Racial Performance in the Transcultural Diaspora.” CR: The New Centennial Review. Vol. 12, No. 1 (2012); 41-92.

Russell, John G. “Replicating the White Self and Other: Skin Color, Racelessness, Gynoids, and the Construction of Whiteness in Japan.” Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2017); 23-48.

Shibuichi, Daiki.  “Zaitokukai and the Problem with Hate Groups in Japan,” Asian Survey, Vol. 55, No. 4 (July/August 2015), pp. 715-738.


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