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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.12 No.2 pp.51-69

Navigating COVID-19 Impacts on Southeast Asian Immigrants: Chinese Texans’ Perspectives

Ya-Wen Melissa Liang1
Soyoung Kwon2
1 Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
2 Department of Psychology and Sociology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Corresponding Author
Ya-Wen Melissa Liang, MSC 233, 700 University Blvd, Kingsville, TX, 78363-8202, USA


With lifestyle disruptions in almost all individuals’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian incidents surged in the United States. The researchers employed a phenomenological method with semi-structured interviews to explore Southeast Asian immigrants’ lived experiences from Chinese Texans’ perspectives. We employed two research questions for investigation, including a) What were Southeast Asian immigrants’ lived experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and b) How do Southeast Asian immigrants perceive and cope with other individuals’ standpoints or perspectives toward the COVID-19 pandemic? We identified six emerging themes from participants’ responses, including a) grappling with bias and avoidance, b) overwhelming endeavors, c) pandemic concerns and revocation, d) psychological impacts and somatic symptoms, e) fatigue rising over homeschooling, and f) effective coping mechanisms during the pandemic. Participants concluded that their COVID-19 experiences were more related to cultural and background differences rather than racial issues. Participants also shared their coping strategies that helped them conquer adverse impacts that they faced.