Can you tell us why you chose this area of research and the thought process behind developing this study?
The reason I chose this area of research, is my background in communications. I do believe that communication is important and still underestimated and underutilised. There were many rumours and fake news about the relationships between China and COVID. Media exacerbated this situation via frames and worsened the othering of Chinese people/immigrants in many Western countries. This was evident by the spiking discrimination reports during the height of the pandemic. We know that businesses were severely affected by COVID-19, whether the Chinese businesses were affected more under these circumstances and how they navigated through this crisis. These are all the questions I would like to know the answers for.