Last night, eight people - most of them women of Asian descent - were killed in a series of shootings across three Atlanta-area spas. The shootings are feared to be racially motivated, reflecting a wider crisis of anti-Asian discrimination and attacks across the United States in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. To provide analysis and perspective on these attacks, as well as the ongoing problem of anti-Asian racism, Professor Pawan Dhingra is available to comment.
Dr. Dhingra is the President-elect of the Association for Asian American Studies. He has co-authored the book, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. He is a sociologist and professor of American Studies who has taught and published on Asian America for over 20 years. Recently, he has commented for the media on anti-Asian racism in schools, as well as the need to use terms like 'hate crime' carefully.