Boycotting Asian restaurants: The effect of mortality salience, contagion name, and media exposure on boycotting

Tiffany S. Legendre, Heyao (Chandler) Yu, Anni Ding, Juan M. Madera

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Abstract

During the pandemic, many Asian-related hospitality businesses have been experiencing an uptick of discriminatory boycotting from customers. However, due to the scarcity of pandemics, little is known about how the pandemic influences customers’ xenophobic boycotting responses towards ethnic-related hospitality brands. To address literature gaps, grounded in the terror management theory, the present study investigates the effects of mortality salience on brand boycotting via anxiety under the influence of the different contagion names and media exposure. The result of Study 1 demonstrated a significant three-way interaction effect of mortality salience (low vs. high), contagion name (country name vs. scientific name), and media exposure (low vs. high) on anxiety. The finding of study 2 further suggested that anxiety mediated the relationship between the three-way interaction effect and the brand boycott. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103333
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Volume107
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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