COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism: Contexts, Resources, Reflections


As their final project in my Spring 2020 AAST200: Introduction to Asian American Studies course, students explored the various contexts and responses to the current crisis of anti-Asian racism. They also submitted written and creative reflections on how COVID-19-fueled “medical nativism” has impacted them and their loved ones.

In partnership with the Asian American Studies Program (AAST) and Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Involvement in the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA), this website was created to share these student-centered resources to the broader University of Maryland community. We especially invite fellow UMD members–students, as well as faculty and staff–to submit their own reflections.

The hope is that a more critical understanding of the roots and routes of anti-Asian racism will enhance diversity/equity/inclusion efforts for Asian and Asian American Terrapins, and contribute to the ongoing reckoning over the past, present, and future un/wellness of the U.S.

For more information, click here to visit the website.


Memories of Militarism and War: Asian American Oral Histories From the DMV


“Memories of Militarism and War: Asian American Oral Histories From the DMV” is an interactive, multimedia oral history project based at the University of Maryland, College Park under the auspices of the Asian American Studies Program.

The project currently features the stories of eleven Asian American residents of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (colloquially known as the “DMV,” an acronym corresponding to the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia), as well as Howard County, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia. These residents all experienced and survived various manifestations of war in the Asian-Pacific region in which the U.S. played a direct or indirect role. These wars include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Laotian Civil War (known in the U.S. as the “Secret War”), and the Cambodian genocide (otherwise known as the “Killing Fields”).

For more information, click here to visit the archive.