On March 25, 2020, Representative Grace Meng from New York, introduced a resolution in the House condemning anti-Asian bigotry sentiment prompted by COVID-19.
On April 2, 2020, Senators Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii announced plans to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate condemning discrimination against Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“There have been disturbing reports of increased profiling, intimidation, or hate towards Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants during the COVID-19 crisis – this is inexcusable,” said Senator Harris.
On April 20, 2020, fifty major scientific organizations, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the American Society for Cell Biology, sent a letter to congressional representatives supporting resolutions in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate denouncing anti-Asian racism related to COVID-19.
“These actions are wrong and unacceptable for their racial overtones, their impact on societies and individuals, and run counter to the core values of the scientific community and the members we represent,” the letter stated. “We encourage global leaders and the public to recognize and tap global diversity as one of our greatest assets to solve the global pandemic, including the vital role of U.S. researchers of Asian ancestry and those worldwide.”