Xenophobia and racism have been endemic throughout American history, but the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted how it affects the Asian American community in the United States. From suffering Asian-owned businesses to high rates of unemployment to lacking government programs, learn more about how the Asian American community is battling both discrimination and the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes in the daily lives of people from all around the world. Video streaming on social media platforms has shown people rushing into grocery stores and stocking up on canned food and toilet paper. Colleges have abruptly transferred to online education via Zoom and other video conferencing tools. About 16 million Americans have lost their jobs since the start of lockdowns across the country. Small businesses and local stores still struggle to keep their businesses afloat.