COVID-19 led to hardship for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, study shows

By Clara Schwartz |

A recent UCLA study found that the COVID-19 pandemic led to economic hardship, negative health outcomes and rising incidents of hate and violence for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The study, which was conducted by researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, AAPI Data and researchers at UC Riverside, aimed to dig deeper into the needs and experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander populations, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy at UCR and an author of the study.

AAPI Data, an organization that publishes demographic data on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, received a $10 million investment in 2021 from the California State Legislature to fund its research activities, said Ramakrishnan, who is also the founder of AAPI Data. He added that this study was the first set of research activities from that grant.

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