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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a panel moderated by Paula Davis, the assistant vice chancellor for health sciences diversity, last Wednesday featuring four speakers to discuss xenophobia.

The panel focused on hate crimes perpetrated against Asian Americans and minorities within the United States, particularly the complexities of assimilation.

“This isn’t something new.”In his recently published book, “Tacit Racism,” Duck discussed how race is socially constructed and how it stems from interactions with others.

This is a theory that white Americans will see Asian Americans as better than other races, but never as being fully assimilated.

“I would argue that we’re seeing this concept today with the coronavirus and how we’re seeing this huge increase in anti-Asian racism,” Khieu said.

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