Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

May 07, 2020

There is no part of the globe that has not been affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, over 200 countries and territories have reported outbreaks as the global number of confined COVID-19 cases continues its steady march towards 4 million. But there is another pandemic...

Chinese Diaspora Revisits Its Identity and Relationship to Beijing

March 16, 2020

Tracing the ever-rising death toll of the COVID-19 outbreak to the exotic meat on sale at a wet market in Wuhan, China, probably feels a bit surreal. If anything, it serves as a sobering reminder of how, in our globalized, interconnected lives, a plate of dubiously sourced food can rapidly lead to...

Xenophobia and Denial: Coronavirus Outbreak in Historical Context

February 28, 2020

The bubonic plague pandemic — the Black Death — was arguably the greatest catastrophe to hit Western Europe in the Middle Ages, killing tens of millions of people or around a third of the continent's population. The disease originated in the vast plains of central and eastern Asia, from where...