New survey shows Asian Americans perceived as ‘perpetual foreigners’ in U.S.

By Deepa Bharath, The Press Enterprise |

The survey, which AAPI Data said was administered only in English because of time limitations, shows Asian Americans are viewed as “perpetual foreigners.” About 64% of Asian American respondents said they’ve been asked questions such as: “Where are you from, assuming you’re not from the U.S.?”

This perception of Asian Americans as outsiders has been on display in disturbing footage of various violent hate crimes against people of Asian descent where a perpetrator, generally of another race, yells out that the victim doesn’t belong in the U.S. or that they should go back to their own country, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data and director of UC Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation.