Asian American Artists Illustrate Students’ Coronavirus Stories :Dr. Jason Oliver Chang, associate professor of history and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut, wanted to check in with his students during the pandemic, so he asked them to write about their experiences.
In a new social media campaign called #MyCovid19Semester, the University of Connecticut’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute selected four Asian American artists to illustrate students’ written narratives about the coronavirus.
This semester, he gave an optional assignment for which students could make zines, connecting their coronavirus experiences to a theme in Asian American history.
While not all of the students who submitted narratives were Asian American, many do describe Asian American experiences of the pandemic.
“I wanted that diverse style to reflect diverse voices and experience,” said Dr. Na-Rae Kim, assistant professor in residence and associate director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.