Confronting Xenophobia and Supporting Asian and Asian/Pacific American Communities during COVID-19

Friday, 5/1/2020
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (Pacific)

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), cases of racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans have surged across the world. In the United States, there has always been a deep history of xenophobia towards Asians. This webinar will feature two experts to discuss the issue of Anti-Asian sentiment, and will also focus on teaching resources in countering xenophobia. This is a free webinar co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS).

Please note: due to platform capacity, only the first 100 attendees to log in will be able to attend live. After the webinar, all registrants will receive a link to the recording.

Learning Outcomes

Providing resources

Giving attendees the tools necessary to combat xenophobia

Who Should Attend

Library workers supporting the public

Library workers ensuring their space is equitable


Dr. Erika Lee is a Regents Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The author of America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, The Making of Asian America and other award-winning books, Lee lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research interests include representations of the Korean diaspora in children's literature, children's librarianship, and transracial adoption. She co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature and co-created the 2018 Diversity in Children’s Books infographic.




How to Register

Unfortunately, we cannot share a recording of the webinar. Resources that were mentioned in the webinar can be accessed here:

Tech Requirements

Computer with internet access