Coronavirus: Racism and the long-term impacts of emergency measures in Canada

How history could repeat itself now

Why It Matters

Asian Canadians have been experiencing racism since the COVID-19 crisis emerged. And Canadian history tells us that this racism and xenophobia could find its way into policy, writes Laura Madokoro, history professor at Carleton University.

The dangers to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic are terrifying, so it’s not surprising governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to curb its spread, including closing borders to non-nationals.

Canada has become one of many countries to either partially or completely close their borders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also announced that Canada will no longer consider asylum claims.

We are living through an exceptional situation and governments are taking extreme steps as a result. At the

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