The Race Epidemic is about another outbreak caused by Covid-19 – An epidemic of racism against Asian Americans. With a politicized pandemic sweeping through the country and a president calling it the Chinese Virus, the rise of attacks and hate against Asian Americans is not surprising. Can naming a virus after an ethnic of people cause the outbreak of an epidemic of hate? Or is it something hidden deeper within American society? “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” The film takes a close examination of xenophobia and racism against Asian Americans caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
From the 2022 Documentary film festival. This was a hybrid event. A wide array of people were able to watch the films at a cinema in their area and then comment on the film.
The film touches on the pattern of U.S. racism against Asians throughout the country’s history and how the COVID-19 pandemic served as the spark for the wave of violence and discrimination against Asians.
Yun said, “[film] is the best way for other communities other than AAPI to empathize with the community they are listening to and seeing.'"
“It was hard for the director because [he] made it before COVID started, and then he basically made a different version during COVID,” Rebecca Yao SC ’26 said. “There were a lot of processes to it.” Although changing the direction of the film to respond to the pandemic was difficult for Shyu, it added a new purpose to the film’s message.
“I tried to make a film that moves and entertains people as well,” Shyu was quoted as saying. “By stirring emotions, we hope that people will be motivated to take action and perhaps work towards building bridges to bring people together.”
About the filmmaker: Tony Shyu is a noted American director and an award-winning screenwriter. Tony serves as director and producer. The PSA he directed for API Vote starring George Takei, John Cho, and Constance Wu won the 2016 Videographer award.
“There was a lot worse racism I faced because they looked at me as some kind of enemy,” Shyu said. “I think it’s better now, but with all the recent events, I feel like everything has taken a wrong turn and is almost going backwards.”
"We all know racism rears its ugly head far too often, especially in recent years. Instead of just blurbs on the news, this film focuses on Asian racism, yet does not exclude other races. You may think you have heard it all, but you will realize that you have not. This well thought out and thought provoking film might just give you ideas as to how you can make a difference in your daily life." - Tony Sudol, Technical Director
Award-winning screenwriter and director Tony Shyu developed a documentary that dives deep into the history of America’s AAPI community through storytelling and interviews with prominent Asian American politicians.
紀錄片《種族疫情》(The Race Epidemic)是一部關於疫情期間仇恨亞裔社會現象的獨立紀錄片，由聖瑪利諾市（San Marino）居民徐國興（Tony Shyu）導演，5日榮獲中美電影節最佳紀錄片獎。
The Race Epidemic is about another outbreak caused by Covid-19 – An epidemic of racism against Asian Americans. With a politicized pandemic sweeping through the country and a president calling it the Chinese Virus, the rise of attacks and hate against Asian Americans is not surprising. Can naming a virus after an ethnic of people cause the outbreak of an epidemic of hate? Or is it something hidden deeper within American society?