Annual Survey highlights AAPI concerns about belonging and safety

By Julia TOng, AsAmNews Contributor |

For years, organizations like AAPI Data have been conducting important studies analyzing how Asian American and Pacific Islanders viewed social issues. But that work didn’t capture the perceptions most Americans held about AAPIs— including harmful stereotypes that could lead to violence. The initial release of the STAATUS Index survey in 2021 marked the first nationwide study on attitudes toward AAPIs for two decades.

The 2023 STAATUS Index Report identifies the reasons behind the lack of safety and belonging many Asian Americans felt. The study’s authors reference ongoing tropes that have historically affected Asian Americans, such as the model minority myth, perpetual foreigner trope, and yellow peril. However, they also underline the central role that modern events have played in breeding anti-Asian sentiment in the US.

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