History Often Rhymes

COVID-19 and the Racialization of Disease

“HISTORY DOESN’T REPEAT, BUT IT OFTEN RHYMES.”

We like to believe that something like the incarceration of Japanese Americans could never happen again. But times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, often result in discrimination and attacks on Asian Americans and other minority groups. Old prejudices can suddenly reemerge under fear, anger, and stress. In our country’s history, immigration, race, and disease have always been intertwined. Remembering that can help us to avoid making the same mistakes again.

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Fear of the Foreign

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Disease Theory & Discrimination

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Why Are Names Important?

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Perpetual Foreigners

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Looking for Someone to Blame

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What Can I Do?

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