The Race Epidemic refers to the epidemic of hate based on race against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Racism is America’s epidemic – it has plagued our nation since its inception. It attacks different groups more intensely at different times, but it always persists. Unlike a pandemic, an epidemic is localized- a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease through a community.
Can naming a virus after an innocent ethnic group cause the outbreak of an epidemic of hate? Or is it something hidden deeper within American society? The film takes a close examination of xenophobia and racism against AAPIs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Race Epidemic is a significant film of our times as innocent AAPIs are being attacked and murdered on the streets. It’s time to act.