Education Professor Speaks at Harvard Conference on Resilience and Reform

Professor Lee-JohnsonYin Lam Lee-Johnson was one of 12 invited speakers for the Harvard College in Asia Program’s (HACP) 2021 Conference entitled, Resilience & Reform: Adapting to a Changing World.

Dr. Lee-Johnson is director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program and co-director of $2.7 million U.S. Department of Education grant in the Webster University School of Education.

The HCAP conference was held virtually between Jan. 17-23, 2021, and HCAP has connections with eight universities (University of Hong Kong, University of Tokyo, St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, Ewha Womans University in Seoul, National University of Singapore, National Taiwan University, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul).

Lee-Johnson presented her article, “We are not a virus: Solidarity and Resilience for Contesting the Renewed Yellow Peril, Sinophobia, and Xenophobia amid COVID-19."

Her article contests the renewed "Yellow Peril," Sinophobia, and xenophobia amid the spread of COVID-19 around the world.  Lee-Johnson collected 114 anonymous responses from 17 countries regarding the verbal and physical attacks experienced by Asians in different parts of the world.

Her research study shows a renewed pattern of Yellow Peril, hatred and distain towards Asians, fear and paranoia experienced by Asians, and the respondents showed resilience and confidence in defending their social identities and contesting racism against them. Lee-Johnson calls for allyship and solidarity among the audience for tackling the renewed Yellow Peril in the world.

Lee-Johnson is a tenured associate professor in the School of Education. Information about the Ed.D. program can be found here

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