Anti-Asian Hate Compared: Origins, Patterns, and Responses in the US and France


Ya-Han Chuang et Hélène Le Bail
Partenaire scientifique : Jennifer Lee (Columbia University)

A propos

In this project, we study the origins, patterns, and responses to anti-Asian hate from a comparative perspective, focusing specifically on the United States and France. Both countries witnessed a spike in anti-Asian hate incidents since the onset of Covid-19, and both have also witnessed waves of mobilization to address anti-Asian violence and hate, yet no study to date has examined these patterns from a comparative perspective.

The central question we address is how do we explain the similarities that emerge in two different contexts? Relatedly, how does anti-Asian bigotry and hate incidents—and the responses to them—diverge in the US and France?

The Alliance Joint Project is the first step in discussing the potential for a comparative study of Asians’ experiences of bias, discrimination, xenophobia, and racism in the US and France It also aims to compare the reaction and actions of the civil society, in particular initiatives by journalists, artists, and NPOs’ activists of Asian descent.

Photo: Stop anti-Asian Racism and China Bashing Rally,Chinatown Archway at 7th and H Street, NW, Washington DC, 27 March 2021. Photography Elvert Barnes


3 March 2023
International conference
Princeton University and Sciences Po Paris
Anti-Asian Racism Compared : Origins, Patterns and Responses in the US and France

Conference organizers:  Jennifer Lee, Columbia University and Institute for Advanced Study (2022-23), Yu Xie, Princeton University, Ya-Han Chuang, Sciences Po Paris, Hélène Le Bail, CNRS, Sciences Po Paris

8:30-9:00 AM/14:30-15:00   

9:00-9:15 AM/ 15:00-15:15 
Welcome and Introduction 

9:15-10:30 AM/15:15-16:30  
Measuring Anti-Asian Racism and Hate Crimes in the US
Moderator:  Jennifer Lee (Columbia University and Institute for Advanced Study, 2022-23)


Karthick Ramakrishnan (UC Riverside) and Janelle Wong (University of Maryland)
Americans’ Experiences with Discrimination Survey

Norman Chen (The Asian American Foundation) and Paul Watanabe (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the United States [STAATUS INDEX]

Ninez Ponce (UCLA)
California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) COVID-19 Module

10:45-12:00 PM/16:45-18:00     

Measuring Anti-Asian Racism in France [VIRTUAL
Moderator: Michèle Lamont (Harvard University)


Patrick Simon (INED French National Institute of Demography)
Perceptions of Racism and Discrimination from Trajectories and Origins. Survey on Population Diversity in France (TeO)

Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
The Case of Xenophobia Targeting Asians in the CNCDH (National Human Rights Consultative Commission) Barometer on Racism

Djamel Sellah (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
Survey PolAsie: Perceptions of Racism and Discrimination

Isabelle Attané (INED French National Institute of Demography), Ya-Han Chuang (Sciences Po Paris), Giovanna Merli (Duke University)
Survey ChIPRe (Chinese Immigrants in Paris Region): Inter and Intra-community Discrimination  

12:00-1:00 PM/18:00-19:00     LUNCH/DINNER BREAK

1:00-2:15 PM/19:00-20:15  

Anti-Asian Racism: Origins, Consequences and Representation
Moderator: Yao Lu (Columbia)


Paul DiMaggio (NYU)
Has Pandemic Threat Stoked Xenophobia? How COVID-19 Influences California Voters’ Attitudes toward Diversity and Immigration 

Yu Xie (Princeton) and Qian He (Princeton)
The Moral Filter of Patriotic -Prejudice: How Americans View Chinese in the COVID-19 Era

Hélène Le Bail (CNRS, Sciences Po Paris)
Political representation of citizens of Asian origins in France (Survey PolAsie and Laura Morales and Claire Vincent-Mory’s Pathways project)

2:15-2:30 PM/20:15-20:30
Concluding thoughts 

5:00-8:00 PM/20:30-until night
Cocktails and Dinner


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