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Balatasar, Zara (2022) Asian people in the U.S. as a renewed racist target: Covid-19 and the Asian American identity crisis.. (unpublished BA dissertation), University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth


This project is designed to investigate the rise of anti-Asian hate and discrimination in the United States, following the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the contention for a novel identity crisis/conflict caused by aggressive expressions of xenophobia toward the broad Asian American community.
In order to achieve this, this project will employ ‘othering’ theory, and Said’s theories of Orientalism in combination with secondary sources such as academic studies, newspaper articles and official statistics reports to reinforce exploratory research. This project will begin by exploring the development of Asian American identity through the experiences of Asian immigrants, historic tensions and oppressive domestic policies put in place by the U.S. government. It will then highlight the role of social media and political elite rhetoric in the perpetuation of racist tropes and stereotypes. Lastly, it will investigate the contention for the othering of Asian Americans through anti-Asian stigmatisation and violence, and the effects of this on the identity of the Asian American community.

Course: International Relations and Languages - BA (Hons) - C1727

Date Deposited: 2024-05-15

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