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Roundtables (April 2020): How A Pandemic & Xenophobia is Affecting You


This roundtable discussion was incorporated to MAFA's Sampaguita: online MFAS week. We had the pleasure of Zoom to invite more of the community to talk about their knowledge, feelings, resentments, acts of solidarity around COVID-19. MFAS Committee members: Mat Rodriguez (UW-Madison's FASO) & Millicent Reyes (UW-Milwaukee's FSU) facilitated the conversation between various schools. It was wonderful having so many perspectives talk about this issue affecting the Asian American community and the global after-effects.

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Notes Section

Current COVID-19 Information


Virus Now:

Issues with COVID-19


  • against disabled people in Washington and Alabama state

  • UW Madison incident/hate crime

  • Purposeful Locations near Madison’s campus

  • Downfalls of Individualist culture

  • Experiences of racism

  • Microaggressions

Front-Line Workers

  • Cultural Differences

  • Selfish mindset toward healthcare workers & not staying home

  • Background on Fil-Am nurses: HIV/AIDS epidemic brought in more nurses to help with pandemics

  • How to support Family/Friends?

  • Offering words of support

  • Doing chores around the house to help out your family

Rifts in the minority community

  • Anti-blackness

  • Model Minority effects today

  • Eating Dog = Eating Bat parallel

  • Dehumanizing / Yellow Perrill

  • Who is worthy of attention/adoption

  • Colonialism - taking without knowledge

Closing: How to stay strong

  • Struggle with how to handle a situation appropriately

  • solidarity amongst minority communities

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