While students have answered the call to stay at home and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they are confronted with unprecedented challenges to both them and their friends, families, and neighbors. For Asian American students, the threat of racism, targeted discrimination, and social isolation can take an additional toll.
To provide students with a creative outlet, and to bring light to the experiences of Asian American students in isolation, UConn’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) has launched Illustrated Resilience – an ongoing online exhibit of student narratives and work from professional artists intended to document student experiences and raise awareness about the personal and societal impacts of the lack of medical preparation, access to testing, imbalanced relief, and deepening inequality while providing a creative outlet through the use of visual arts.
The exhibit launched this week with four pieces of art as well as corresponding written narratives that discuss student coronavirus experiences and their feelings about the social, emotional, and political implications of the ongoing pandemic.
The AAASI is inviting UConn students who would like to contribute to the project to submit their stories as part of the ongoing effort by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to view the online exhibit, visit asianamerican.uconn.edu/illustrated-profiles.
A sample of some of the work created so far: