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NCORE Webinar Series


Racism and Infectious Disease: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19


Recorded May 22, 2020  |  Captions provided

98 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar


Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been an increasing number of xenophobic and racist incidents against Asians in the US and Canada, and against Africans in China--from being told “Go back to where you came from,” “Stop eating wild animals,” to being refused service, physically assaulted, or forced to get tested. Marginalized populations are disproportionally affected by the global pandemic and serve as scapegoats for failed institutional policies and practices. 

A panel of experts will present and engage in an interdisciplinary discussion to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a transnational level, and how higher education institutions can use this opportunity to examine our policies and practices and to advocate for justice and equity for all students, staff, and faculty, and our community.   




presenter li-chen chin

Dr. Li-Chen Chin has over two decades of experience in higher education administration.  At Duke, she serves as Assistant Vice President of Intercultural Programs and adjunct instructor in Program in Education and Asian American and Diaspora Studies.  She is responsible for providing leadership for the development, implementation, and assessment of intercultural programs and services in support of the strategic plan of Student Affairs and the global mission of the University.  She oversees the operations of the Center for Multicultural Affairs, International House, and Muslim Life at Duke, and is the main contact on undocumented student issues.  She also serves as a College Advisor for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.  She is the co-chair of the Transnational, Multicultural, and International Committee of the NCORE National Advisory Council.




presenter lily cho

Dr. Lily Cho 
is Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University. Lily Cho brings to her portfolio a commitment to finding ways to connect LA&PS with communities locally and globally. As a first-generation scholar with a research and teaching interest in diaspora and culture, she understands the power of culture to bring together communities across a range of different experiences and histories. She is also an associate professor in the Department of English where teaches courses on the short story, Canadian literature, and postcolonial theory. Her research has led to books on Chinese restaurants and the relationship between human rights and creative expression. Her current research looks at Chinese head tax certificates and the use of documents to create noncitizens. As Associate Dean, she supports students, faculty, and community members on initiatives that benefit both the community and the university.

presenter avvy go

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (formerly known as the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic.)  She received her B.A. in economics and management studies from the University of Waterloo, LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families, the majority of whom are non-English speaking immigrants and refugees.  Immigration, human rights, and employment law are some of the main areas of law that she practices in.   

In April, 2019, Avvy was appointed as the first Independent Complaints Review Officer for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

Between 2001 and 2019, Avvy served for about 14 years as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.  She also served on the LSO’s Access to Justice Committee, the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group.  

In March, 2016, Avvy was appointed to the Licence Appeal Tribunal as a part time adjudicator. Avvy was a part time adjudicator of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (from 2006 to 2016), and a member of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (from 2011 to 2016).   

Between 2009 and 2011, Avvy served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Justice Education Network.  Avvy served on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Human Rights Museum between 2011 and 2013.  Since 2011, she has been serving as a member of the Community Council of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Avvy has given numerous lectures and educational seminars in various areas of law.  She has also published articles in various publications including law journals, law books, community as well as mainstream newspapers dealing with a variety of subject matters, most notably legal and policy issues affecting immigrants and racialized communities. 

Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much time doing community organizing and advocacy work.  She had been involved in a number of community organizations such as serving as the Vice-Chair of the Court Challenges Program of Canada (1994-1997), President of the Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter) (1989-1995) and board member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (1991-1994).  In 2007, she co-founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign, a campaign to address the increasing racialization of poverty in Ontario.  She continues to serve as a steering committee member of Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change. 

Avvy has received the following awards: OCASI Life Time Achievement Award (2018), Senate of Canada 150 medal (2017), SOAR Medal (2017), Order of Ontario (2014), the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award (2012), City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations (2008) and President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario (2002).   

presenter Jennifer Ho

The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, Jennifer Ho is the director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also holds an appointment as Professor of Ethnic Studies. She is the president of the Association for Asian American Studies and the author of three scholarly monographs, including Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press 2015), which won the South Atlantic Modern Language Association award for best monograph. In addition to her academic work, Ho is active in community engagement around issues of race and intersectionality, leading workshops on anti-racism and how to talk about race in our current political climate. You can follow her on Twitter @drjenho.

presenter Yun Sun

Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

From 2011 to early 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.