Katelyn Castor

Katelyn Castor

Asian-Americans’ Perspectives on Pandemic-Related, Anti-Asian Hate Crimes


Katelyn Castor


Dr. Jessica-Jean Stonecipher, Ph.D.


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19—first reported in Wuhan, China—a pandemic. As American COVID-19 cases began to rise, so did anti-Asian sentiment. While the majority of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) agree that COVID-19 has exacerbated anti-Asian xenophobia, many AAPI experience and confront this issue in ways that are diverse and contrasting. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate how Asian-Americans experience and confront anti-Asian racism with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. To achieve this goal, the researcher recruited 11 Asian-Americans from across America (ages 18-52) by way of snowball sampling. These individuals participated in in-depth, semi-structured interviews addressing COVID-19, anti-Asian hate crimes, and general wellbeing. Data from the interviews revealed four emergent themes of experiencing anti-Asian racism and three for confronting it. The four major themes of experiencing pandemic-related, anti-Asian hate crimes included increased hostility, poor mental health and stress, lack of media representation, and intersectionality (i.e. experiencing discrimination directed at multiple social identities). Methods of confronting these issues included education, silence, and unity (i.e. standing in solidarity with other AAPI). Overall, this qualitative study reveals the ways in which Asian-Americans manage the effects of hate crimes against AAPI. Thus, findings may be used to develop future resources and/or prevention plans for AAPI.


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