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Scholars' Hub @ Home | Acute discrimination and the Asian-white mental health gap during COVID-19

21 October 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Cary Wu, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of LA&PS

Fear, stress, and depression are common experiences during public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian Americans might face a disproportionate mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Analyzing data collected here in Canada and data from the USC’s “Understanding Coronavirus in America” survey, Dr. Wu has found that acute discrimination indeed explains a large share of the COVID-19 related mental health gap between white Americans and Asian Americans.