With Asians falling prey to threats and attacks in the United States, a majority of Asian Americans are much worried about being threatened or attacked, with a third saying they have changed their daily routine because of these concerns.
In a new survey, the Pew Research Centre said that about one-in-five Asian Americans pointed out that they worry daily (seven per cent) or almost daily (14 per cent) that they might be threatened or attacked because of their race or ethnicity.
Meanwhile, 51 per cent say they worry sometimes, 18 per cent rarely worry and ten per cent say they never worry. The survey was conducted April 11 to 17, 2022, about a year after the fatal shooting of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in the Atlanta area
About a third of Asian adults (36 per cent) say they altered their daily schedule or routine in the past 12 months as they of threats or attacks.
GIVE LOCAL OFFICIALS NEGATIVE MARKS
In the new survey, Asian Americans are also more likely than people in other racial or ethnic groups to give their local elected officials negative marks when it comes to dealing with violence against Asian Americans. While around four-in-ten Asian American adults (43%) say local officials are doing a very or somewhat bad job in this respect, smaller shares say this among Hispanic (22%). Black (16%) and White (15%) adults. Majorities of Hispanic (60%), Black (65%) and White (74%) adults say they are not sure about the job their local officials are doing dealing with violence against Asian Americans, or that such violence is not an issue in their community.
WHAT TO BE DONE
When asked to select among measures that might help prevent violence against Asian Americans, about half of Asian American adults (48%) say making laws against hate crimes stronger would be the most effective policy,