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American attitudes towards Asian Americans in 2022

Following last year’s inaugural STAATUS Index, the 2022 survey reveals both new insights and long-standing issues about how Asian Americans are perceived and treated in the U.S.

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Key Takeaways

Asian Americans face a somber reality in 2022: despite a new administration, a relative decline in the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, and an improved economy, attacks against our community continue to increase at alarming rates.

Deeper root causes related to prejudice, fear, and “othering” of Asian Americans as foreigners and threats are manifested in discrimination, stereotypes, and violence against our community.

The time is now for greater awareness and action.

Asian woman stands on a dark street in the city. She is wearing a facemask and looking backward as she is crossing the street.Stop Asian Hate protesters gather, focus is on the held up sign that reads “Denounce Ignorance and Anti-Asian Rhetoric!”
Race Relations in America

The U.S. is in the midst of a racial crisis, and there is broad agreement that people of color are much more discriminated against and much less advantaged compared to White Americans.

Race Relations in America

Many Americans remain unaware of the spike in anti-Asian American racism and hate over the past year.

Belonging and Acceptance

Asian Americans are among those in American society that are the least likely to feel that they belong and are accepted in the U.S.

29%
of Asian Americans and 33% of Black Americans completely agree that they are accepted.
PERCEPTIONS AND STEREOTYPES

Over 70% of Americans see Asian Americans as having contributed positively to the U.S. …

…through economic impact, academic excellence, medical advancement, and other areas. However, Americans overall still view Asian Americans in model minority terms and in stereotypical roles.

Circle packing chart that shows the data “In what ways have Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?” Responses are “Academic Excellence” at 21%, “Medical Advancements” at 13%, and “Positive Economic Impact” at 28%. Photos within depict a group of four young Asian women graduating, a South Asian woman working in a lab, and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan.

In what ways have Asian Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?

academic excellence (21%)

medical advancements (13%)

positive economic impact (28%)

Circle packing chart that shows the data “In what ways have Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?” Responses are “Academic Excellence” at 21%, “Medical Advancements” at 13%, and “Positive Economic Impact” at 28%. Photos within depict a group of four young Asian women graduating, a South Asian woman working in a lab, and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan.

In what ways have Asian Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?

academic excellence (21%)

medical advancements (13%)

positive economic impact (28%)

Circle packing chart that shows the data “In what ways have Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?” Responses are “Academic Excellence” at 21%, “Medical Advancements” at 13%, and “Positive Economic Impact” at 28%. Photos within depict a group of four young Asian women graduating, a South Asian woman working in a lab, and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan.

In what ways have Asian Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?

academic excellence (21%)

medical advancements (13%)

positive economic impact (28%)

Circle packing chart that shows the data “In what ways have Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?” Responses are “Academic Excellence” at 21%, “Medical Advancements” at 13%, and “Positive Economic Impact” at 28%. Photos within depict a group of four young Asian women graduating, a South Asian woman working in a lab, and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan.Circle packing chart that shows the data “In what ways have Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?” Responses are “Academic Excellence” at 21%, “Medical Advancements” at 13%, and “Positive Economic Impact” at 28%. Photos within depict a group of four young Asian women graduating, a South Asian woman working in a lab, and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan.Circle packing chart that shows the data “In what ways have Americans strongly benefited the U.S.?” Responses are “Academic Excellence” at 21%, “Medical Advancements” at 13%, and “Positive Economic Impact” at 28%. Photos within depict a group of four young Asian women graduating, a South Asian woman working in a lab, and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, Eric Yuan.
Perceptions and Stereotypes

However, an increasing percentage of Americans in 2022 are questioning the loyalty of Asian Americans and blaming Asian Americans for the Covid-19 epidemic.

The increased negative attitudes towards Asian Americans mirror the increased attacks and violence towards our community in 2022.

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Acknowledgements

Academic Advisory Committee
  • Paul Watanabe, Professor, UMass Boston, Chair
  • Russell Jeung, Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Erika Lee, Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Jennifer Lee, Professor, Columbia University
  • Pei-Te Lien, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Mike Hoa Nguyen, Professor, University of Denver
  • Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor, University of California, Riverside
  • Karen Umemoto, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
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