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Has anti-Asian hatred decreased? Americans say yes, Asians in the US disagree: report

Are Asian Americans Living the ‘American Dream’? It depends who you ask, it seems.

A report from the Asian American Foundation (TAAF) reveals a gap between the lived experiences of Asian Americans and how the American public perceives them. The report shows how Americans view Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities across categories such as hate, national security, visibility, belonging and bridge building.

When it comes to hate crimes, the perception is contrasting.

Only a third of Americans believe anti-Asian hate crimes are increasing, while 61% of Asian Americans report feeling more hate in the past 12 months.

According to the report, 43 percent of Americans surveyed were unfamiliar with the recent attacks on Asian-Americans.

Additionally, Asian-Americans feel the least sense of belonging compared to other racial groups, the report found.

ASIAN AMERICANS FACE ABUSE AND DISCRIMINATION

“Lack of visibility and awareness of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) issues, history and leaders continues to challenge the AANHPI community’s sense of belonging and acceptance,” the report said.

Thirty-two percent of Asian-Americans said they have been called racial slurs and about 29% said they have been verbally abused or harassed in the past 12 months.

Forty-one percent of Asian-Americans surveyed believe they will be physically attacked based on race, ethnicity or religion in the next five years. While 59% of Asian Americans believe they will be victims of discrimination.

Due to discrimination and a lack of representation, only 38% of Asian-Americans fully agree that they belong, and even fewer (18%) feel fully accepted in the US because of their racial identity.

Asian-Americans have the least sense of belonging compared to other racial groups. For those who feel left out, online spaces/social media (34%) are the least welcoming, followed by workplaces, neighborhoods and schools/colleges/universities (all 31%).

Six in 10 Asian Americans who don’t feel accepted (60%) cite experiences of discrimination and violence, while 37% say they don’t see people like them in positions of power, the report said.

“Our 2024 data shows a troubling trend that the Asian American Foundation has been following,” said Norman Chen, CEO of TAAF.

Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the US. The TAAF report shows that most Americans believe racism against them can be reduced by teaching Asian American history in schools (41%), seeing more Asian Americans in society (41%), and having more opportunities to Asian Americans (39%).

“When Americans learn our history and see us on their TV screens and in the highest ranks of corporate America, it influences and changes their perceptions, which can combat hate, build bridges and ultimately create a sense of belonging for AANHPI communities,” Chen said.

ECONOMIC REALITIES OF ASIAN AMERICANS

More than 2.3 million people with Asian roots living in the US lived in poverty in 2022This is evident from a study by the Pew Research Center. The analysis of US Census Bureau data shows that one in 10 Asian Americans live in poverty.

Indian-Americans fare better than any other Asian-American group. Indian-Americans have a poverty rate of 6%, the lowest of any other Asian group in the US.

The results of this report are based on a survey of 6,272 U.S. respondents ages 16 and older, conducted via an online panel, between January 30 and March 13, 2024, by Savanta Research.

Published by:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published on:

May 9, 2024