Discrimination Takes a Heavy Toll on the AAPI Community
Determining the Scope of Anti-AAPI Discrimination in the US
About half of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) surveyed by NORC at the University of Chicago have experienced discrimination, which often harms their mental health, relationships, and sense of belonging.
The advocacy organization Stop AAPI Hate commissioned the study to gauge the scope and impact of anti-AAPI discrimination in the United States. As part of the study, NORC surveyed 1,203 Asian Americans and 128 Pacific Islanders aged 18 or older.
“This study shines a light on where discrimination occurs and the steps Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders take after experiencing a potential civil rights violation. The report also includes vital information about trusted sources for support, which may help the government and advocacy organizations better serve the needs of AA and PI communities.”
Nearly two-thirds who have reported discrimination say the reporting process is difficult
Common sites where AAPI individuals reported experiencing discrimination were in stores, at school, at work, and while seeking government services, like the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Many said the offender was someone in a position of authority, like a teacher, a manager, or a public transit staff member. Only one in five reported their experience.
Nearly two-thirds of those who reported discrimination said the reporting process was difficult, and only half were satisfied with the outcome. Half of those who chose not to report their experience said it would not make a difference. Almost two-thirds of survey participants said that knowing more about their civil rights and how to protect them would make them feel more comfortable reporting discrimination.
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