One of many grim statistics is that nearly 1/5 Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders have reported having been discriminated against in the last year. from a new surveyThis is a clear example of how anti-Asian racism continues to affect AAPI communities across the country.
Survey conducted by Stop AAPI Hate and Edelman Data & Intelligence, collected data from 928 Asian American respondents and 160 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander respondents. Among other things, it found that Asian Americans with a high school education were twice as likely to have experienced a hate incident (41%) compared to Asian Americans with some college education (19.8%) or a bachelor’s degree or higher (13.8%).
The survey found that 31% of Asian Americans reported having experienced a hate incident at their workplace, while 26% of Pacific Islanders did the same. Once again, Asian American respondents with a high school education were far more likely to report experiencing a hate incident at work (65%), compared to respondents with some college education (31%) and respondents with a bachelor’s degree or higher (21%).
“It’s tragic but not surprising that Asian Americans with lower education levels are experiencing more hate,” Cynthia Choi, one of Stop AAPI Hate’s co-founders and the co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative ActionIn a statement. “Anti-Asian hate is tied to systemic racism against our community. Stopping hate is not about quick fixes like law enforcement but about deeper investment in our communities.”
Stop AAPI Hate was a coalition formed by advocacy groups and scholars in March 2020. They also released the latest information on incidents of racism or discrimination that it had begun collecting during the pandemic. Since Sept. 30, there have been 10,370 cases of anti-Asian hate. Since the incidents are reported anonymously, it is possible that this number could be higher.
In accordance with past data, the majority of incidents involved AAPI persons being verbally harassed and shunned. The incidents have mainly taken place at businesses or on the streets. Sixty-two per cent of incidents were reported to AAPI by women. the toxic combination of racism and misogyny.
Over 10% of these incidents were online and 11% involved civil rights violations such as discrimination in the workplace, discrimination at home, refusing service, or exclusion from public transportation.
The survey revealed that more than 30 percent of Asian American and 31% Pacific Islander parents reported their child having suffered a hate incident in school. In addition, 23% of Asian American respondents and 21% of Pacific Islander respondents said “they are reluctant to go back to in-person work because of potential anti-AAPI hate or discrimination.”
Advocates say that these results show a need to increase education and awareness about racism. They called for more schools and colleges to include ethnic studies in their curriculum.
“The levels of Asian American children experiencing hate in school is devastatingly high,” Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University and one of Stop AAPI Hate’s co-founders, said in a statement. “There needs to be an urgent push toward incorporating solutions that promote racial understanding in schools, including through investment in Ethnic Studies.”
Advocates also suggest focusing more on community-based programs and culturally-specific civil rights resources for combating racism than law enforcement practices like overpolicing or criminalization which disproportionately affect communities of color including AAPI.
See the entire report here.