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COVID-19: Xenophobia

Dr. Ciloue Cheng Stewart; Caroline Fan; Sue Prapaisilp, Shayn Prapaisilp, Suchin Prapaisilp; Max Tsai, Dr. Jiling Tsai
From L-R: Dr. Ciloue Cheng Stewart; Caroline Fan; Sue Prapaisilp, Shayn Prapaisilp, Suchin Prapaisilp (J. Pollack Photography courtesy of Feast Magazine); Max Tsai, Dr. Jiling Tsai

By now, there are reports about Chinatowns across the country that are hurting for business because of anti-Asian xenophobia. We wanted to understand how anti-Asian xenophobia has impacted Asian Americans and Asian American-owned small businesses here in St. Louis.

In this episode, we hear from a Taiwanese American therapist, a Chinese American organizer, and two Asian American small business owners about how the rise of anti-Asian xenophobia has affected their lives.

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Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast.
Lauren Brown is a 2019 graduate of The University of Missouri where she studied Journalism and Social Justice. At Mizzou, Lauren was a host and producer at KBIA 91.3fm an NPR affiliate, and an outreach team member for the Columbia Missourian. Lauren was the host and producer of an APM Reports documentary, Black At Mizzou: Confronting race on campus which aired on August 14, 2020.

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