But the term does not only refer to Chinese Americans.
COVID-19 has made impossible the vibrant, in-person museum exhibitions, fragrant food festivals, and pulsating dance performances of previous years—and has instead exposed the systemic racism and hardship AAPI workers and families regularly face.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has revealed an ugly element of America’s workforce: we rely on AAPI workers for our health and safety, whether they are doctors, paramedics, cashiers or deliverers.
A century later, as we face levels of economic devastation similar to the Great Depression, we must do better to recognize and support AAPI workers.
These policies would provide much-needed relief to AAPI workers and families who need the nation’s support during this pandemic.