Research Mentor(s): Melissa Borja, Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: American Culture, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 3 (1pm-1:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 1
The COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed a significant increase in anti-Asian rhetoric and harassment in the United States. This study tracks and analyzes how news media has covered anti-Asian racism and discrimination during the pandemic and how news coverage of this issue changed throughout 2020. Researchers used the Proquest and Newsbank news databases to identify news articles about coronavirus-related anti-Asian racism and to develop a database of incidents in which Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals experienced or resisted anti-Asian discrimination. Using this data, this study considers trends of reporting. In particular, it examines the frequency of news reports about incidents of racism against AAPIs in relation to the frequency of news reports about incidents of resistance to racism.