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Racism and Xenophobia on Social Media

The AJPH Podcast interviewed Dr. Gilbert Gee, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, about the impact of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia on public health, and the role of social media in feeding or preventing racism and xenophobia 

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Friday, April 16, 2021
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The AJPH Podcast (April 16) interviewed Dr. Gilbert Gee, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, about the impact of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia on public health, and the role of social media in feeding or preventing racism and xenophobia.

“We decided to study the hashtag chinesevirus and the hashtag COVID-19 to see if there were differences in negative sentiment associated with these hashtags,” Gee said. “And also to see if President Trump’s use of hashtag chinesevirus in March of last year made any difference in the online discourse.”

Gee was interviewed by Dr. Alfred Morabia, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), and spoke alongside Dr. Sylvia Chou, from the National Cancer Institute. 

A research study co-authored by Gee, "Association of “#covid19” Versus “#chinesevirus” With Anti-Asian Sentiments on Twitter: March 9–23, 2020" has been published in the May edition of the AJPH. Co-authors include Dr. Yulin Hswen, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF; Xiang Xu, Dr. Jared B. Hawkins, and Dr. John S. Brownstein, all of Boston Children's Hospital; and Anna Hing, also of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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