WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) released the following statement after the Pew Research Center published a new study that found one third of Asian Americans fear threats and physical violence, and 81% of Asian adults say violence against them is rising. The results of the study also showed that 45% of Asian adults say they’ve experience at least one of five offensive incidents since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. The study was conducted from April 5 to April 11, after the fatal shooting of six Asian women in Atlanta on March 16.
“The results of this study are heartbreaking – and demonstrate the reality that Asian Americans face today. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans have been verbally attacked, physically assaulted, and discriminated against solely because of their race. Many are afraid to go to grocery stores, gas stations, or even to walk in public parks or on the street. This is not who we are. This is un-American. My hope is that the findings of this study will draw attention to this growing crisis and encourage ALL Americans to stand up against hatred and bigotry in all its forms. We are not a virus.”
Other results from the Pew study:
One in five U.S. Asians cite former president Donald Trump as one of the reasons for the rise in violence against Asian Americans.
Even before the pandemic, a majority (73%) of Asian Americans had personally experienced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity.
Asian adults are more likely to express fear over discrimination than other groups.
Background on the study:
For the purposes of this analysis, the Pew Research Center surveyed 5,109 U.S. adults, including 352 Asian adults from April 5 to April 11, 2021. The sample only includes English-speaking Asian Americans and, therefore, may not be representative of the entire Asian American population.
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