Hate is a virus: Combatting prejudice against Asian Americans

Thursday, April 1, 2021

4 p.m. 5:15 p.m. PT


Hate crimes against people of Asian descent were rising before the Covid-19 pandemic but have dramatically escalated over the last year. Join the USC-U.S. China Institute Thursday, April 1 for a discussion of the biases and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans, the resistance to it, the role America’s relationships with Asia play in shaping perceptions, and trends in Asian American political participation. How are Asian American experiences similar and different from those of other ethnic groups? Hate is a virus. What has been done to battle it? What should we do now?


  • Ted Lieu, Representative for California’s 33rd Congressional District
  • Jennifer Ho, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Lon Kurashige, Professor of History and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California
  • Jane Junn, Associates Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California
  • Yawei Liu, Director of the China Program at the Carter Center