Coronavirus and Infectious Racism

Student-Facing Online Learning

Anti-immigrant
Asian/Asian-American/South Asian/South-Asian American/Pacific Islander
Bias, Discrimination & Hate
Child & Youth Activism
Community Activism
Race & Racism
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Grade Level:
Middle School,
High School
Anti-immigrant
Asian/Asian-American/South Asian/South-Asian American/Pacific Islander
Bias, Discrimination & Hate
Child & Youth Activism
Community Activism
Race & Racism

Overview

In December of 2019, cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause were treated by Chinese authorities in Wuhan, China. Those cases, which are now known to have been caused by the coronavirus, or COVID-19, were the first documented cases of a pandemic. The coronavirus has spread to at least 147 countries since then. The first case in the United States was found in Washington State, on January 21st, 2020. Since then, cases have surged.

With the increase in coronavirus cases has come an increase in reported hate crimes and racist acts against Chinese Americans, or those perceived to be Chinese American.

Learning Objective

Students use the resources and activities in this lesson to expand their understanding of how the Coronavirus pandemic is increasing racism against people who are of Chinese or Asian descent, and what you can do about it.

Virtual Classroom Option

Click here for the student-facing version of this activity on Sutori, a collaborative instruction and presentation tool for the classroom. Use the "share" feature below the page banner to easily invite students through email, embed onto your webpage or add to your Google classroom or other online platform.

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