Viruses of Ignorance

With infection comes fear, and with fear comes ignorance. History repeats itself in this cruel cycle, and this time Asian-Americans have become targets. The COVID-19 pandemic has incited a wave of hateful acts against the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in America. 

Are these new biases that have led to these racist actions? Or has the crisis only revealed old prejudices that were waiting to rear their ugly heads? How has infectious disease played a role in intercultural tension in the past, and how is the COVID-19 pandemic different?

Join us on Saturday, May 16th at 1:30 pm PST to discuss infectious disease and stigma against API Americans with a panel of multidisciplinary experts: Alan Wang, media strategist and #JustB Hepatitis B Storyteller, Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University,  and Dr. Bryant Lin, Director of the Center for Asian Health Research and Education at Stanford University.

This event is open to all and will be hosted by students in Team HBV at Stanford University. To attend, register for the Zoom webinar at this link. Any hateful messaging will not be tolerated.

Contact Courtney Gao at with any inquiries.

Covid Conversations: Reflections from South Asia

This event on the impact of the coronavirus in Bangladesh features a conversation between:

  • Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Director, Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, UC Berkeley 
  • Sabina Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh 
  • Ali Riaz, Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University and Nonresident Senior Fellow of Atlantic Council, USA 
  • Naomi Hossain, Sr Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University
  • Mabrur Ahmed, Founder/Director, Restless Beings, UK 
  • Rahima Begum, Founder/Co-Director, Restless Beings, UK   

Event Timeline


CARE Community Health and Culture Fair brings together faculty, students and community members for an afternoon of health screenings, talks and performances

The CARE Community Health and Culture Fair, held on April 27th, was a huge success! Watch the video above to learn more about CARE and the Health Fair.

The afternoon consisted of talks on health topics by Stanford Faculty and Guest Lecturers, Health Screenings, and Cultural Perofrmances. The speakers and health topics covered were:

  • Melasma: Dr. Tyler Hollmig
  • Cholesterol: Dr. Terry Moran
  • Gastric Cancer: Dr. Joo Ha Hwang
  • Alcohol Flush: Dr. Che-Hong Chen
  • Cardiovascular Disease: Dr. Rajesh Dash
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer: Dr. A. Dimitrios Colevas
  • Liver Disease: Dr. Samuel So


Health screenings included Alcohol Flush, Cholesterol, Glucose, Blood Pressure and Skin Checks. Participants also got the chance to receive a complimentary massage! Guests were treated to the wonderful performances by Raagapella, MLH Vietnamese Dance, as well as a Dance and Drum performace.