Experiences of South Asians in the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong

Daniel W. L. Lai*, Wenqing Yu, Olivia Lian, Rebecca Y. K. Lam

*Corresponding author for this work

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This qualitative study aims to investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected South Asians in Hong Kong. A total of 34 South Asian adults completed the interview. Data were analysed thematically and three broad themes emerged: the impact of the pandemic on daily life, discrimination experienced, coping with challenges. The impacts of COVID-19 have spanned across from individual, family, community, to societal domains. Future research using a longitudinal approach and the inclusion of those with quarantine or infection experiences would yield a more comprehensive understanding of the experiences of South Asian communities in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalSouth Asian Diaspora
Issue number1
Early online date12 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • South Asian
  • adjustment
  • ethnic minority
  • impact
  • pandemic
  • qualitative
  • social-ecological model


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