Asian American Racism Amid Coronavirus Has A Long History Coronavirus is all over the headlines. Accompanying the growing anxiety around its spread, has been suspicion and harassment of Asians and Asian Americans. For more on this, we turned to Gene Demby, co-host of NPR's Code Switch podcast, and his conversation with historian Erika Lee. We talk about how this wave of stigma is part of a longer history in the United States of camouflaging xenophobia as public health and hygiene concerns.
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As Coronavirus Spreads, Racism And Xenophobia Are Too

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Racism And Xenophobia Are Too

As Coronavirus Spreads, Racism And Xenophobia Are Too

As Coronavirus Spreads, Racism And Xenophobia Are Too

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People eye each other with suspicion while dealing with the fear of Coronavirus. LA Johnson hide caption

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People eye each other with suspicion while dealing with the fear of Coronavirus.

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Coronavirus is all over the headlines these days.

Accompanying those headlines? Suspicion and harassment of Asians and Asian Americans.

Our colleague Gene Demby, co-host of NPR's Code Switch podcast, explains that this is part of a longer history in the United States of camouflaging xenophobia and racism as public health and hygiene concerns. Featuring the work of historian Erika Lee, author of "America For Americans: A History Of Xenophobia In The United States."

Related Coverage:

Check out Code Switch's full digital story and podcast episode.

Read NPR editor Malaka Gharib's comic on what we know about the coronavirus and how to deal with it.

And pick up a copy of Erika Lee's book America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States.

Follow Code Switch hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji on Twitter to keep up-to-date on their coverage. They're @GeeDee215 and @RadioMirage. Plus, follow Emily on Twitter, @EmilyKwong1234, for her musings on science news.

As always, reach out to the show by e-mailing shortwave@npr.org.

The Short Wave version of this episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.

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