U.S. survey: 27% of Asian Americans experienced hate crimes

Twenty-seven percent of Asian Americans and 24 percent of Pacific Islanders have experienced hate crimes or hate incidents, higher than the national average of 22 percent, according to a new survey in the U.S.

AAPI Data, which publishes demographic data and policy research about the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, conducted the poll with SurveyMonkey between March 18 to 26, in the wake of the Atlanta shootings which killed several Asian American women.

Asian Americans are increasingly finding themselves victimized by hate crimes and hate incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have pinpointed former U.S. President Donald Trump’s derogatory rhetoric against China as a contributor to the surge.

The survey results also indicate that Asian Americans across the board experienced racially-motivated abuse or property damage, regardless of whether they were of Chinese origin.

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