Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Asian Americans

Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Asian Americans

More than a third of Asian Americans report having been subjected to racial or ethnic slurs (32 percent) and negative assumptions or insensitive or offensive comments about their race/ethnicity, a survey by National Public Radio, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. According to the report, Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Asian Americans (55 pages, PDF), at least one in four Asian Americans said they had been discriminated against when applying for a job (27 percent), being paid equally or considered for a promotion (25 percent), and when trying to rent or buy a home (25 percent). The survey also found that while 13 percent of all Asian Americans said they had experienced discrimination when going to a doctor or health clinic, women (20 percent) and immigrants (17 percent) were more likely to report such discrimination than men (6 percent) and non-immigrants (1 percent). At the same time, non-immigrant Asian Americans were more likely than immigrant Asian Americans to have experienced threats or non-sexual harassment (36 percent vs. 15 percent), violence (20 percent vs. 6 percent), and sexual harassment (16 percent vs. 4 percent) because of their race/ethnicity.

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