Xenophobia in the time of pandemic: othering, anti-Asian attitudes, and COVID-19

  title={Xenophobia in the time of pandemic: othering, anti-Asian attitudes, and COVID-19},
  author={Tyler T. Reny and Matt A. Barreto},
  journal={Politics, Groups, and Identities},
  pages={209 - 232}
ABSTRACT As the number of COVID-19 cases rose in the US and around the world in early 2020, conservative elites in the US racialized the pandemic, referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese flu” or the “Wuhan virus.” Existing research suggests that this linking of the viral pandemic to a social group will “activate” anti-Asian attitudes in the mass public, helping bring those attitudes to bear on behaviors and attitudes related to COVID-19. Despite anecdotal evidence of a spike in… 

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