Since the global spread of the COVID-19, the FBI and news outlets have reported an increase in anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. Although most individuals are not racist and these events are infrequent, these incidents can often be stressful and traumatic. To help manage, here are some resources and helpful information.
Experiencing racism and overall the impact of COVID for some people can lead to psychological distress, it can be viewed as a form of trauma. You might be experiencing:
• Alterations in mood and cognition
• Propensity to self-isolate
Managing and Coping
- If you feel that you are in imminent danger, please contact local authorities or 911. Your safety is the #1 priority.
- HUPD (Urgent) : 617-495-1212 or HUPD (Longwood): 617-432-1212
- Resources for Asian and AAPI students experiencing COVID-19 related harassment: https://ealc.fas.harvard.edu/news/resources-asian-and-aapi-students-experiencing-covid-19-related-harassment
- Research from historically marginalized groups has shown that these 3 tools are the most helpful in coping with racial discrimination.
- Find pride in your community. When you experience racism, you can feel shame. You may wish that you weren't Asian, but remember that your ancestors likely went through similar or even worse incidents. They survived by recognizing the beauty and strength of their community. So, seek out or create literature, art, films, shows, and music that highlight your community in a positive light.
Seek out support. When you experience racism, you can feel alone and isolated. It is easy to feel like the "other," but you are not alone, and you don't have to face it on your own. Reach out to family, friends, and other Asian/Asian-American communities who can relate to your struggles.
- Examples: Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association, or Asian American Commission (http://www.aacommission.org/covid-19-resources/)
- Process your feelings. When you experience racism, you can feel angry but also want to minimize or deny your feelings. You may also feel regret for not answering or doing something in return. But remember that during the event, your priority was your safety, and you did what you thought was best at the moment. Try not to judge your reactions. When you have returned to a safe environment, express your grief, anger, frustration, or any other feelings. Write it in a journal or call a friend. You need the time to heal from this trauma. Permit yourself to take care of you. If the emotions become to overwhelming, try these exercises.
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