New survey data from Stop AAPI Hate’s latest report, Righting Wrongs: How Civil Rights Can Protect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Against Racism, based on a nationally representative survey conducted by the nonpartisan and independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, reveals that nearly half (49%) of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) nationwide have experienced illegal discrimination or a violation of their civil rights where they live, work, learn, travel, worship and shop.
Of those AAPIs experiencing discrimination, half (50%) reported feeling sad, stressed, anxious or depressed as a result and nearly a third (31%) said they changed their behavior, such as switching schools, jobs or where they shop. Only one in five AAPIs experiencing discrimination reported it. AAPIs who report say the process is difficult, and many AAPIs who don’t report say they don’t believe reporting makes a difference or do not know where to go after experiencing discrimination.
AAPI Equity Alliance stands with the two-thirds of AAPIs nationwide who believe new laws are needed to strengthen civil rights protections and enforcement. We are calling on Congress to pass legislation strengthening partnerships between civil rights agencies and trusted CBOs serving AAPIs and prioritizing culturally attuned and in-language outreach.