Therapists share the advice they give Asian American clients who are dealing with discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s crazy to think how quicky our community has gone from celebrating Parasite’s Oscars win to being targeted for discrimination for simply looking Asian.
Since the spread of COVID-19, Asians that have nothing to do with the around the world that have nothing to do with the pandemic have been getting spit on, coughed on, verbally insulted, refused service and getting physically attacked.
According to NBC News, the online reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate said that since its inception March 18, it’s received more than 650 direct reports of discrimination primarily targeting Asian Americans. (Because COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, Asian Americans have been widely scapegoated and harrassed, regardless of whether they’re Chinese or not. )
Whether you’ve been subjected to discrimination or not, simply hearing about the widespread xenophobia can affect your mental health. We asked therapists who work within Asian American communities to share their best self-care advice for these stressful times.
- Reach out to friends who can validate your experiences
- Pull yourself away from the TV and headlines once in a while
- If you have to go to the grocery store, steel yourself
- If you are discriminated against, put your safety first
- Lean into literature writing for and by Asians
- Remind yourself that this is part of the larger story