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“It concerns me that a lot of educational institutions are under scrutiny by elected officials for talking frankly about racism in America. I’d like to see higher education continue to stand by scholars doing research in this area and the students insisting on course offerings related to subject.”
“This is not just a problem in big cities. It’s a rural problem; it’s a suburban problem; it’s a coastal problem; it’s a blue state and red state problem.”
“There’s a very long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans have been particularly vulnerable”
“The horrific violence we saw in Atlanta in March 2021 made some people pay attention to this problem in a new way, I only wish they had paid attention to it earlier.”
Melissa Borja is one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year, a recognition of women across the country who have made a significant impact.
Hard Knock Radio speaks with researcher Melissa May Borja, Ph.D. about the Virulent Hate Project in this two-part radio series.
We found that there are many forms of anti-Asian racism that took place as early as January 2020 all throughout the pandemic,” Borja says. “There is a lot of conversation in the current moment about hate crimes, but the reality is that Asian Americans experience a wide variety of forms of racism, and all of…
“We imagine this project as not just counting incidents of anti-Asian racism, but collecting hundreds of stories that can help shape the public conversation,” said Melissa Borja, the project’s lead researcher and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies program.
“The racial rhetoric used against Chinese [people] is what’s made it okay to turn Asians into scapegoats. And when we looked at what leaders are using that rhetoric, out of 127 incidents of stigmatizing language and rhetoric, 95% of them were made or shared by White politicians, almost all of them Republican.”