In 2020, current and former SAPHA board members published a practitioner’s essay in the AAPI Nexus Journal: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice special issue title, Inflection Point 2020: Coronavirus, Census And Elections For AAPIs, discussing the urgent need to understand experiences of COVID-19 among South Asians in the US.
Abstract: The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States has shed light on health disparities, and the social, economic, and political contexts in which they occur. With respect to race and ethnicity, much of the narrative surrounding Asian Americans has focused on xenophobia and historical parallels to discrimination targeting this population during prior outbreaks. One minority group whose unique contextual experiences and needs remain mostly absent in the discourse is the South Asian community. This essay aims to explain the distinct influences on and consequences of the epidemic on the second-largest Asian American population and to delineate specific recommendations within a framework of health equity.
The article can be downloaded here.
Yousra Yusuf, Supriya Misra, Shipra Singh, Gayatri Malhotra, Samira Khan, Nehanda Tankasala, and Arnab Mukherjea (2020) Unmasking an Invisible Community: Unique Influences on and Consequences of COVID-19 among South Asians in the United States. AAPI Nexus: Policy, Practice and Community: 2020, Vol. 17, No. 1 & 2.