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Anti-Asian Racism during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Experiences, Narratives, and Reactions

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This chapter studies the anti-Asian racism experienced by people of Chinese origin in France during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this chapter, using quantitative and qualitative data, authors first analyze the various types of justifications and expressions of anti-Asian racism—in other words, the experience with and reporting of attacks, discrimination, and stigmatization by different groups in the Chinese population in France. These heterogeneous reports reveal different degrees of awareness of racism and different understandings of “race.” They are organized into diversified narratives, ranging from the description of personal experiences to the inscription of these personal experiences in the evolution of French society and to the use of social science concepts and political rhetoric. Second, authors examine the forms of reaction, at the individual and group levels, by people of Chinese origin in France. The reactions range from distancing and avoidance to immediate personal responses to political engagement. Authors argue that the pandemic plays a role in the awareness raising and the fight against racism among the Chinese population in France. Through a case study, using the natural language processing (NLP) technique, authors examine the discursive evolution by the Association of Young Chinese in France (Association des Jeunes Chinois de France, AJCF), whose membership mainly consists of descendants of Chinese and Southeast Asian migrants. By analyzing the content of Facebook posts by the AJCF over an eleven-year period (2010–2021), authors show how the AJCF’s messaging about anti-Asian racism was designed and spread as well as the changes in how Chinese people in France think and speak about anti-Asian racism.
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hal-04313003 , version 1 (30-11-2023)

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Simeng Wang, Francesco Madrisotti. Anti-Asian Racism during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Experiences, Narratives, and Reactions. Chinese in France amid the Covid-19 Pandemic. Daily Lives, Racial Struggles and Transnational Citizenship of Migrants and Descendants, BRILL, pp.285-323, 2023, 9789004678606. ⟨10.1163/9789004678606_012⟩. ⟨hal-04313003⟩
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