Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022)

The COVID-19 Hate Crime Act: Anti-Chinese Sentiment and Xenophobia in Times of Austerity

Authors
Chu Li1, *
1University of California, San Diego, CA 92092, United States
*Corresponding author. Email: chl014@ucsd.edu
Corresponding Author
Chu Li
Available Online 1 June 2022.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.082How to use a DOI?
Keywords
COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act; racism; xenophobia; Sinophobia; hate crimes; anti-Chinese sentiment
Abstract

On March 16, 2021, the fatal shootings that took place at three massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia, targeting women of Asian descent took away 8 innocent lives. However, this is only one of the tragic incidents that caused racial animus occurred during the pandemic. An upsurge of anti-Asian sentiment was detected in the early days of the pandemic, leading to a bipartisan effort to fight bias-driven incidents against Asian Americans led to Congress’s passage of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act. This paper conducts a descriptive study to examine the efficacy of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act through literature review, mainly focusing on three themes: historical, political, and social. The paper first evaluates the design of the bill, then analyzes and explains factors that hinder its effectiveness, and lastly, proposes alternative solutions. The paper finds that the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act serves more of a symbolic purpose, a needed wake-up call, but inadequate to bring the progress Asian communities need and to temper the deeply rooted xenophobia.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
1 June 2022
ISBN
978-94-6239-580-0
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.082How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2022 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press SARL.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

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