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Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Ishani Anwesha Joshi. "“I AM NOT A VIRUS”: Covid-19, anti-asian hate, and comics as counternarratives." Journal of Medical Humanities 45. (2024): 35–41. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10912-023-09800-6
BibTeX citation key: Venkatesan2024
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Keywords: "The Wuhan I Know", China, Ethnicity, Gao. Laura, Illness, Korea, Medicine, Orientalism, Stereotypes, Sweden, USA, Webcomics, Wool-Rim Sjöblom. Lisa
Creators: Joshi, Venkatesan
Collection: Journal of Medical Humanities
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Ever since the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, East Asians across the globe have been ostracized, othered, pathologized, and subjected to numerous anti-Asian hate crimes. Despite contemporary China’s rapid modernization, the country is still perceived as an Oriental and primitive site. Taking these cues, the current article aims to investigate the Sinophobic attitudes in the wake of COVID-19 through a detailed analysis of sequential comics and cartoons by artists of East Asian descent, such as Laura Gao and Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom. Drawing theoretical insights from Alexandre White’s “epidemic orientalism” and Priscilla Wald’s “medicalized nativism,” this essay investigates how these chosen comics function as counternarratives through first-person storytelling. In so doing, these comics, while reinstating the dignity of East Asians, also challenge and resist the naturalized methods of seeing that justify violence and dehumanization. The article further argues that Sinophobia and anti-Asian hate crimes are motivated as much by the origins of COVID-19 in China as by the political, economic, and technological variables that have shaped modern China.
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