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Pandemic Risks: Asian American And Pacific Islander Workers during COVID-19
Regardless of their industry, AAPI workers have had to develop strategies and make complex decisions around physical and social risks. Workers generally are unable to make decisions that lead to “zero risk” scenarios, but rather must weigh options and decisions among different forms of risks, often negotiating their own feelings of safety with those of others. Focusing on emerging themes from the AAPI COVID-19 Project’s study of Asian immigrants, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders’ (AAPI) experiences of economic loss and recovery amidst COVID-19, this talk discusses how AAPI workers negotiate risks related to the pandemic—with these challenges further exacerbated by the threats of economic precarity and anti-Asian racism. Dr. Shaw will also analyze how many of the risks that have become greater concerns amidst the pandemic are connected to occupational risks, workplace challenges, and other social and political problems that existed prior to COVID-19.

Vivian Shaw is a College Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and the co-Principal Investigator and lead researcher for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multi-method investigation into the impacts of the pandemic on the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin with graduate portfolios in Asian American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. From 2018-2019, Vivian was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Relations’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, also at Harvard. Vivian is the author of several articles and chapters, including “Strategies of Ambivalence: Cultures of Liberal Antifa in Japan,” forthcoming in Radical History Review and “‘Extreme Pressure’: Gendered Negotiations ofViolence and Vulnerability in Japanese Anti-Racism Movements,” in Critical Asian Studies (2019). Vivian’s research has received grants and awards from the National Science Foundation and other institutions.

Nov 5, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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