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Majority of Asians in LA County fearful of being victims of racial attack

Two-thirds of Asian Americans surveyed say they are concerned about being victims of a racial attack, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The poll conducted by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles found concern cut across the various Asian American ethnicities.

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The Asian Journal reported that almost one out of four of the 1500 people polled say they were a victim of a verbal or physical assault.

“It is rare to have a survey with such a large sample of AAPI residents in a single geographic area, allowing an unprecedented deep dive into the challenges, hopes, and aspirations of the fastest-growing demographic group in America,” said Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director for PBI. “The intensity of the community’s concerns about anti-Asian speech and action, and about discrimination, is particularly timely on the first anniversary of the horrific murders in Atlanta.”

The Times reported younger generations between the ages of 18-34 reported they were a victim of hate at a higher rate than those over the age of 60- 31% compared to 11%.

The majority of the 1500 surveyed also said they support bond measures to increase support for supportive services and housing.

Most said they supported funding for police services to remain the same or increase with 42% saying it should not change. About half of Indian Americans and Chinese Americans supported the status quo and nearly 40% of Vietnamese Americans and Korean Americans support a slight increase.

About 60 percent support the administrations of President Joe Biden, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“We find convincing evidence that in the wake of racial discrimination, Asian Americans have not withdrawn from politics. Instead, AAPIs have become more active,” said Nathan Chan, a research associate at the Pat Brown Institute.

“For a community that often feels invisible in the political landscape, the data that we are seeing today really show a community worthy of engagement,” Lian Cheun, executive director for Khmer Girls in Action said. “… The problem here is that there is simply not enough investment put into talking and outreaching to our communities.” 

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