Asian Americans have blamed COVID-19 in a new study on American perceptions

SAN FRANCISCO — A new survey tracking attitudes and perceptions across the United States has found more Americans are blaming Asian Americans for COVID-19 in 2022 than they did last year.

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The Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the US (STATUS) Index is an annual assessment of attitudes and stereotypes among Asian Americans. This year’s survey is being compiled from a nationally representative sample of 5,113 Americans of all races, demographics, and regions.

It turns out that Americans are more likely to question Asian Americans’ loyalty to the US in relation to their country of origin, even for those born here.

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According to the report, those who believe Asian Americans are more loyal to their country of origin rose from 20% to 33% in the past year.


  • 71% of Asian American respondents say they face discrimination in the US today.
  • Asian Americans are the least likely to feel included and accepted in the US, especially younger Asian Americans.
  • Only 29% of Asian American respondents (vs. 61% of white respondents and 33% of black respondents) totally agree that they feel included and accepted in the US, the lowest of all racial groups.
  • 21% of respondents agree Asian Americans are at least partially responsible for COVID-19. This is a 15% increase in 2021.
  • 32% of respondents agree Asian Americans are more loyal to their perceived country of origin than the US, compared to 20% in 2021.

Violence against Asian Americans has increased. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino found that anti-Asian hate crimes increased 339% in 2021 compared to 2020.

Similarly, AAPI data showed that one in six Asian American adults experienced a hate crime or hate incident in 2021, up from one in eight in 2020.

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Respondents to the study reflect that most in the US are aware of the increase in attacks against Asian Americans and 72% believe anti-Asian American racism should be addressed.

Suggested solutions for political decision-makers and community leaders

  • Education: The need for more education and information on Asian American history and experiences is clear. The survey identifies low levels of knowledge about Asian history, cultural events and prominent figures – education is at the core of raising awareness and fostering understanding.
  • Drive narrative shifts in media and entertainment to go beyond stereotypical roles
  • Conduct more research to understand issues and challenges

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Dais Johnston

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