The past 3 years of the COVID-19 global pandemic has seen a rise in anti-Asian racism and hate. However, in Ohio, where Asians make up only 2.2% of the population, there is little visibility for Asians and Asian Americans. This study aims to document the diverse experiences of students and staff of East Asian descent, at The College of Wooster, during the past three years of the pandemic. My study focuses on a specific demographic of both international and domestic “Asian” identities. I recorded and transcribed interviews and uploaded them to a digital archive that can be found at: lianglij.weebly.com. There were several key themes that emerged from this study, including the overlooked experiences of anti-Asian hate and racism, significant impacts on mental health, and impact on identity regarding stigma during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for Asians and Asian Americans alike, many contributors have positive attitudes and advice to give, regarding forming a community, and the importance of supporting others during the pandemic.


You, Ziying


Chinese Studies


Chinese Studies


COVID-19, Anti-Asian Hate, Mental Health, Stigma, Racism, Asian Identity, Pandemic

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar


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