Exploring the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Asian and Asian-American Students at the University of Dayton
Michaela Catherine Kenney
The overall purpose of this research was to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Asian and Asian American students at the University of Dayton, particularly in regards to racist language surrounding the pandemic. The Asian population is often overlooked in terms of studying racism and prejudice, and since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes and reports of discrimination have never been higher. In order to study this at UD, a survey with questions regarding their experience during the pandemic was used with convenience sampling, including participants from various Asian American organizations on campus. Additionally, follow-up interviews were conducted to go more in depth on participants’ experiences regarding prejudice and discrimination. Out of 10 survey respondents, half of the participants reported facing some form of prejudice from other students because of their race or ethnicity as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, 60% of the participants reported facing some form of prejudice from the general public because of their race or ethnicity as a result of the pandemic. 90% of the respondents also reported an increase in stress or anxiety as a result of the pandemic. Although this study draws from a small sample, the implications for this research requires attention to the Asian and Asian American community as hate crime and reports of discrimination continue to climb.
Laura M. Leming
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"Exploring the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Asian and Asian-American Students at the University of Dayton" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2248.