DUPRI Research Examines Anti-Asian Discrimination During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a new paper, DUPRI’s PhD student Allison Stolte, Giovanna Merli, UNC’s Ted Mouw and coauthors interviewed a representative sample of Chinese immigrants in the Raleigh-Durham Area before and after the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. to show a rise in reports of anti-Asian discriminatory experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and how immigrants’ stress responses to these experiences added to the mental health burden of their acculturation process and of other stressors related to pandemic worries. These results also highlight the heterogeneous mental health needs of Chinese immigrants, holding important implications for intervention development in the community studied here as well as across other Chinese communities in the U.S.