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Spatial Inequities: The “Chinatown” Problem in Today’s Pandemic Times with Nayan Shah
Nayan Shah, professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History, University of Southern California, presents the lecture "Spatial Inequities: The “Chinatown” Problem in Today’s Pandemic Times" at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom as part of the Rice Architecture Spring 2021 Lecture Series.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly upended assumptions of human habitation, proximity and health and demands a reassessment of a century and half of public health governance in society and its manifestations both locally and trans-locally. This presentation draws attention to how historical models of public health have aggravated racial, class and spatial disparities that make essential workers, immigrant workers and impoverished urban communities acutely vulnerable, while middle and upper class communities command relative safety and health preservation resources. By examining how how “Chinatowns” as racial ghettos were created, targeted, policed, and reformed, this presentation addresses the social and spatial challenges of the logics of "health security."

Mar 10, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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