The Chinese diaspora in the GTA was proactive when COVID-19 was just emerging, taking precautions other Canadians did not, says York researcher Aaida Mamuji

The Chinese diaspora in the GTA was proactive when COVID-19 was just emerging, taking precautions other Canadians did not, says York researcher Aaida Mamuji

Professor Aaida Mamuji and Professor Jack Rozdilsky, of the Disaster & Emergency Management Program at York University, worked with researchers from other institutions to examine how the Chinese community in the GTA responded to COVID-19 in the early days of its spread in Canada. They found that many Chinese people in the GTA proactively started to social distance, wear masks and stay home long before public health authorities were advising Canadians to do so.

Reporter May Warren spoke to professor Mamuji for this story in the Toronto Star. Warren also spoke to “This Matters” podcast host Adrian Cheung, about how the media often missed the story of this proactive response by Chinese Canadians while covering the racist incidents they were exposed to. Here is their podcast conversation.