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Laura Eichelberger’s paper “SARS and New York’s Chinatown” draws on the 2003 SARS outbreak, and the stigmatization of Chinese immigrants settling in NY’s Chinatown. Eichelberger argues that the internal stigmatization of recent Chinese immigrants, was largely perpetuated by established Chinese elites concerned with up-keeping successful business, writing “immigrants who arrive with investment capital can open restaurants and merchant organizations that compete with those of the established elite. The participation of #undocumented#workers in Chinatown’s labor movement contributed to the rise of.. #unions and grassroots community mobilization that drew public attention to intra-community abuses and inequalities. Recent, especially undocumented immigrants therefore represent a threat to those elites who hide behind the rhetoric of ‘‘ethnic solidarity.”
Internal othering by well-established Chinese immigrants was veiled by concerns of the SARS disease, funneling conversation towards anti-immigration rhetoric. For many of her informants “undocumented immigrants symbolize danger as an uncontrolled and unaccounted population of bodies out of place.”
While Eichelberger research is in the context of medical anthropology, her conclusions can be applied to the current national discourse of immigration and #familyseparation of Mexican immigrants at the US border. As anthropologists and scholars we “need to pay attention to the ways in which people are othered within a community, not just externally.” •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And, we need to vigorously criticize othering perpetuated by #mainstreammedia . In fact all journalists, researchers, and story-creators need to understand the human consequences of constructing an epidemic. As a daughter of Indigenous-Mexican immigrants, witnessing the contortion of asylum seekers framed as ‘illegals’, ‘aliens’, and ‘criminals’ is an obvious and cruel de-humanization of people seeking to escape danger. Who does this story of ‘illegals’ benefit? How is the ‘epidemic’ being framed? What is YOUR role in this story?