UC Press stands in solidarity with our Asian and Asian-American colleagues, authors, and neighbors. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Press books and authors have been referenced in conversations and articles about race and xenophobia. A selection of those perspectives appears below—we will continue to highlight relevant resources, and to elevate the voices of our authors on these important topics.
Nayan Shah offers a historical perspective on epidemics, racism, and xenophobia in the Salon piece “Coronavirus spurs prejudice. History suggests that’s no surprise.” Shah’s book Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown is referenced in several articles including “American Racism in the Time of Plagues” in the Boston Review; Time Magazine “Trump’s ‘Chinese’ Virus Is Part of a Long History of Blaming Other Countries for Disease“; Los Angeles Times column “Coronavirus, the outbreak narrative and how our fear fuels our xenophobia and racism“; the Atlantic “Conservatives Try to Rebrand the Coronavirus“; and the California Faculty Association Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus call for support.
Simeon Man, author of Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific, wrote the op-ed “Discharging immigrant soldiers is the American way. That’s the problem.” in the Washington Post.