AAPI Data and Momentive Release Results of Annual Survey on the AANHPI Experience with Hate Crimes, Mental Health, and Other Urgent Issues

By Ryan Vinh |

SAN MATEO, Calif.--()--In the next two weeks, Asian American communities face two major milestone moments pertaining to mass gun violence. March 16 is the anniversary of the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings, when a 21-year old white man murdered eight people—including six Asian American women. March 21 marks the two-month commemoration of a mass shooting in Monterey Park, where an elderly Asian American man killed 11 people, including 10 Asian Americans. New data from AAPI Data and Momentive, the maker of SurveyMonkey, offers a revealing look at Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander attitudes and experiences with gun violence, hate incidents, and more general experiences at work and in their communities.

In the wake of mass shootings in California, Asian Americans are more likely than all other groups to worry about being the victim of a mass shooting and are most supportive of stricter gun control laws.

  • Less than two months removed from the mass shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park in California, an overwhelming 84% of Asian Americans say they worry about being the victim of a mass shooting. This is higher than the 74% reported by Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, and NHPIs, and 59% of whites.
  • 75% of Asian Americans say that gun violence is a bigger issue in their community now compared with a year ago, similar to Blacks (75%) but higher than whites (56%), Hispanics/Latinos (65%), NHPIs (65%), and Native Americans/Alaskan Natives (52%).
  • Only 27% of Asian Americans say that someone in their household owns a gun of any kind, compared with 37% of Blacks, 51% of whites, 31% of Hispanics/Latinos, 49% of NHPIs and 57% of American Indian/Alaskan Natives

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