4th December 2023 – (Sacramento) A comprehensive study conducted by the Pew Research Center has shed light on the pervasive discrimination faced by Asian Americans, with a staggering nine out of 10 individuals reporting personal experiences of discrimination. The findings, released on Thursday, underscore the urgent need for increased attention and action to address this pressing issue within the United States.
Over the course of the study, which took place from July 2022 to January 2023, a total of 7,006 Asian adults participated, providing valuable insights into their personal encounters with discrimination. Researchers identified 17 distinct incidents of discrimination, ranging from subtle instances such as mispronouncing names to more overt forms such as receiving inferior service compared to other customers in restaurants or stores, or being subjected to offensive slurs.
The study revealed that approximately 90% of Asian Americans had personally experienced at least one of the 17 identified incidents of discrimination. Furthermore, around half of the Asian adults surveyed reported experiencing four or more of these incidents. The results highlight the systemic nature of discrimination faced by this community, which has far-reaching implications for their well-being and sense of belonging within American society.
The survey also delved into perceptions surrounding discrimination against Asians living in the United States. An overwhelming 60% of Asian adults expressed their belief that such discrimination is a major problem. Moreover, a significant 63% of respondents expressed the view that insufficient attention is being paid to race and racial issues specifically concerning Asians in the country. This sentiment underscores the pressing need to address the unique challenges faced by Asian Americans and to foster a more inclusive society that values their diverse experiences.
A key finding of the study was the widespread desire among Asian Americans for a national leader who can effectively address their concerns. The majority of respondents emphasized the importance of having a figurehead who can advocate for their community’s rights and push for meaningful change. This aspiration for representation at the highest levels of leadership reflects the need for a comprehensive and proactive approach to combatting discrimination and fostering inclusivity.
The researchers acknowledged that the survey may not have captured all possible experiences of discrimination, highlighting the likelihood of additional instances that were not accounted for in the study’s findings. This serves as a reminder that the true scale of discrimination faced by Asian Americans may be even more extensive than currently understood.
The report also highlighted two prominent stereotypes that Asian Americans often confront—the “forever foreigner” stereotype and the “model minority” stereotype. Alarmingly, 78% of respondents reported being treated as “foreigners” regardless of their birthplace, citizenship status, or ties to the United States. These experiences persisted even among Asian adults whose families have resided in the country for generations. Additionally, 37% of second-generation Asian adults reported instances in which they were told to return to their home countries—a distressing testament to the enduring prejudice faced by this community.