Date & Time: May 1, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Online

Co-sponsored by: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)




In light of the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus), cases of racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans have surged across the world. In the United States, there has always been a deep history of xenophobia towards Asians.


This webinar will feature two experts to discuss the issue of Anti-Asian sentiment, and will also focus on teaching resources in countering xenophobia. 



Dr. Erika Lee

Dr. Erika Lee is a Regents Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and Andrew Carnegie Fellow. The author of America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, The Making of Asian America and other award-winning books, Lee lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen

Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research interests include representations of the Korean diaspora in children’s literature, children’s librarianship, and transracial adoption. She co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature and co-created the 2018 Diversity in Children’s Books infographic.

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