Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

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In 2021, there was a 47% increase in racist incidents experienced by Asian Canadians (Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter & Project 1907, 2021). These incidents do not even include the anti-Asian microaggressions that Asian Canadians experience daily or how they must adapt to ‘fit into’ Canadian society. In this module, you will unpack anti-Asian racism and the myths and stereotypes that continue to harm Asians in Canada. Explore the intersectionality that Asian communities experience in Canada and at Western. Examine different strategies to address anti-Asian racism and microaggressions.

After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • Define anti-Asian racism and related concepts.
  • Identify the harmful impact historical Canadian laws and policies have had on Asian Canadians and Asian populations.
  • Identify the harmful impact contemporary Canadian attitudes and social trends have had on Asians.
  • Take action when encountering anti-Asian racism in interpersonal and institutional settings.

This module can be applied to the Anti-Racism Foundations Certificate Program offered by the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Western.

Module format: It is asynchronous and can be completed 100% online.

Duration: The module can be completed in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Cost: free for Western constituents.

How to Register for the Training on OWL

  1. Click on the “Register for the Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Asian Racism Module" button below.
  2. Login to your OWL account using your email address and password.
  3. Click “Yes, add me” to join the worksite.
  4. Click on the “Instructions” tab on the menu to the left.
  5. To be recorded as having successfully completed the module, you must take a quiz once you’ve completed the module and obtain 80% or higher. The quiz can be re-taken multiple times until successful completion.

After completion of the module

Please use our submission form to upload your certificate of completion. If you do not upload the certificate using our form, it will not be recognized towards the Anti-Racism Foundations Certificate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get multiple attempts on the quiz?

Everyone can retake the quiz multiple times and they are granted a Certificate of Completion once they achieve an 80% on the test. The module is also tracked through MyHR. The quiz can be re-taken as many times as needed until successful completion.

How was the curriculum for this module and future modules developed?

The curriculum for this module was carefully developed considering current best practices in teaching and learning in the field of EDI and present research in anti-racism. The Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Asian Racism module was also created with the specific context of Western University and the City of London in mind and in consultation with faculty members who are experts in anti-racism, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Hillel Western, Western Research, staff, student leaders, and diverse Western student associations.

Who reviewed the module and approved this module?

The Unpacking and Addressing Anti-Asian Racism module was reviewed by external experts in anti-racism and EDI-D, faculty members who are also experts in this field, Western leaders, Human Resources, Student Experience, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, USC, SOGS, SGPS, members of the PMA, UWOSA, UWOFA, and many members of student associations at Western, among others. The module was also piloted with Western Research, WORLDiscoveries, Research Institutes, BrainsCAN, ACVS and faculty. The module was approved by Associate Vice-President EDI Dr. Opiyo Oloya.