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UC Davis Law condemns anti-Asian racism and xenophobia

News Posted on March 10, 2021

Dean Kevin R. Johnson released the following statement on March 9 regarding the alarming rise in hate crimes against the Asian American community:

"In recent months, incidents of physical and verbal assault against people of Asian ancestry have increased dramatically across the country. According to Stop AAPI Hate , a national coalition focused on combatting the spike in racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 2,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate were reported between March 19 and Dec. 31. In a pandemic that has caused anxiety, uncertainty, and tragic loss for all, Asians and Asian Americans are being targeted for hate.

Unfortunately, the recent hate violence is part of a long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States. Examples include the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the internment of persons of Japanese ancestry, citizens and noncitizens alike, during World War II.

We as a community condemn the new wave of xenophobia and racism directed at people of Asian descent who are being scapegoated for the pandemic.

UC Davis School of Law supports all members of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and stands against racism in all forms. Our Racial Justice Speaker Series has brought an array of speakers to discuss systemic racial injustice. Last spring, we held a workshop on “Addressing Xenophobia and Supporting Our Asian & Asian American Communities in the Wake of COVID-19.” Later today, Dean Emily Scivoletto will announce a program on March 15 with Karin Wang, Executive Director of the UCLA David J. Epstein Program in Public Policy, on 'Advancing Justice and Fighting Anti-Asian Racism.'

Dean Scivoletto previously has provided the following support resources for members of our community:

  • If you are experiencing an event that may require adjustment to your academic routine (need camera off, miss class, etc.) and would like support in contacting your professors or managing academic workload, please email Dean Scivoletto at

Resources provided on the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website include

The King Hall community stands against racism of any kind. No one should be subject to hate violence. Please join together as a community to support our Asian and Asian American students, alumni, faculty, and staff and speak up against anti-Asian hate."