Anti-Asian Hate, Racial Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth, with Russell M. Jeung

Event Date: 

Monday, April 15, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

Event Price: 


In this lecture, Russell M. Jeung explores COVID-19 racism against Asian Americans, which led to what he terms a period of “collective racial trauma.” Twenty-five peer-reviewed articles have since documented the deleterious impacts of direct and indirect racism on the mental health of Asian Americans. Yet Asian Americans have been resilient in the face of this trauma, and utilized their ethnic and cultural wealth as buffers against anti-Asian hate. Jeung identifies three key ways that Asian Americans responded to this trauma and even grew from this painful time. Asian Americans’ posttraumatic growth, the positive psychological change after trauma incidents, will also be detailed.

Russell M. Jeung is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of many books and articles on race and religion. In 2020, he co-founded Stop AAPI Hate to track instances of bias, harassment, and violence against AAPI people during Covid-19 and to fight racism.

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies and Asian American Studies at UCSB.