Insults, violence and vandalism – Asian Australians and Asians living in Australia have been subjected to a huge increase in racist incidents since the advent of COVID-19.
Being Asian Australian has collected confronting footage of race hate, from a whip-cracking attack by a man in Sydney to a brutal assault by a woman at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Meanwhile the Australian Human Rights Commission reported that one in four people who lodged a racial discrimination complaint in February and March say they were targeted due to the pandemic.
Diversity Arts Australia has partnered with Erin Chew, Being Asian Australia, the Asian Australian Alliance in collaboration with Osmond Chiu and Democracy in Colour to gather reports of Covid19-related racism. We collected 410 stories of xenophobia and abuse, you might have heard about it on The Age, news.com.au, ArtsHub or the ABC. Find out more here.
We’re responding with an artist-led project to confront xenophobia and racism, bust stereotypes and provide a counter-narrative to issues of long-standing racism in Australia that has intensified during Covid-19.
(Image credit: Red Hong Yi)