STAATUS Index Report 2021, a survey study conducted by the Laaunch Foundation, shows that Asian American stereotypes (such as “model minority,” “perpetual foreigner,” and “yellow peril”) are still perpetuating in the U.S.
Top 5 Takeaways from the 2021 STAATUS Index
- Nearly 80% of Asian Americans say they do not feel respected and are discriminated against in the U.S.
- 37% of white Americans say they are not aware of an increase in hate crimes and racism against Asian Americans over the past year, with 24% saying anti-Asian American racism isn’t a problem that should be addressed. These numbers are higher for respondents who identify as Republican.
- The classic Asian American stereotypes — “model minority,” “perpetual foreigner,” and “yellow peril” — persist as toxic myths in the U.S. today.
- While Asian Americans are significantly under-represented in senior positions in companies, politics, and media, nearly 50% of non-Asian Americans believe Asian Americans are fairly or over-represented..
- Americans struggle to name prominent Asian Americans, despite several (e.g., Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang) being in the news this year.