With a president that has nicknamed the coronavirus “Chinese virus,” and other leaders scapegoating immigrants–especially Asian Americans – in an attempt to divide us, many Asian Americans are living with an additional burden of fear and stress in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, this is not the first time in U.S. history that this has happened.
Learn more about Asian American history in the United States, including “150 years of immigration, racial politics, international relations and cultural innovation” in PBS’s new five-part documentary “Asian Americans.”
The series, premiering Monday May 11 and Tuesday, May 12, comes at a time when the fastest growing population in the United States is facing rising discrimination and violence. However, with a large number of Asian American women on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in healthcare, and an increase in union membership in recent years, Asian Americans are playing a critical role in winning health care, good jobs, a safe environment, immigration reform, and an economy that works for all.