Anti-Hate
Asian American Perspectives: NYC Safety Study

Asian American Perspectives: NYC Safety Study

Asian Americans residing in New York are experiencing violence at an alarming rate, and are reluctant or unable to report harm. The results of the study bring into sharp focus the urgency to create safer, more inclusive conditions for Asian Americans in New York. TAAF hopes that this research can galvanize a paradigm shift for the city, so that communities can come together to ensure that NYC is welcoming and safe for all.

The survey is a representative study based on a sample of 1,000 NYC-based Asian American respondents, age 16 and above, conducted between November 30 and December 19, 2023.

Key Findings

  • 1 in 5 Asian American New Yorkers has been physically assaulted in the last 12 months.

Lack of safety continues to be a grim reality of being Asian American in New York today.

  • 83% of Asian American women note public safety as a major concern in NYC; 72% of men say the same.
  • 1 in 2 Asian Americans in New York City report personally experiencing either insults, harassments, threats, or a physical attack in the past 12 months because of their race or ethnicity.
  • Over half of NYC’s Asian Americans feel unsafe on public transportation.

Violence hinders empowerment for the nearly 2 million AAPIs who call New York City home.

  • 54% of Asian Americans who experienced a hate incident in New York did not report the experience to anyone.
  • In the past 12 months, 62% of respondents witnessed an Asian American community member be insulted, harassed, threatened, or physically attacked due to their race or ethnicity.
  • 75% of respondents changed their daily routines and behaviors to avoid experiencing anti-Asian hate.

Major barriers to reporting as shared by those who did not report when they experienced a hate incident.

  • Reluctance to bring additional attention to themselves (42%).
  • Did not know that this was something New Yorkers could report (29%).
  • Lack of understanding on how to report such incidents (27%).
  • Lack of comfort reporting the incident to law enforcement or other officials (26%).

Download the report here.

Asian Americans residing in New York are experiencing violence at an alarming rate, and are reluctant or unable to report harm. The results of the study bring into sharp focus the urgency to create safer, more inclusive conditions for Asian Americans in New York. TAAF hopes that this research can galvanize a paradigm shift for the city, so that communities can come together to ensure that NYC is welcoming and safe for all.

The survey is a representative study based on a sample of 1,000 NYC-based Asian American respondents, age 16 and above, conducted between November 30 and December 19, 2023.

Key Findings

  • 1 in 5 Asian American New Yorkers has been physically assaulted in the last 12 months.

Lack of safety continues to be a grim reality of being Asian American in New York today.

  • 83% of Asian American women note public safety as a major concern in NYC; 72% of men say the same.
  • 1 in 2 Asian Americans in New York City report personally experiencing either insults, harassments, threats, or a physical attack in the past 12 months because of their race or ethnicity.
  • Over half of NYC’s Asian Americans feel unsafe on public transportation.

Violence hinders empowerment for the nearly 2 million AAPIs who call New York City home.

  • 54% of Asian Americans who experienced a hate incident in New York did not report the experience to anyone.
  • In the past 12 months, 62% of respondents witnessed an Asian American community member be insulted, harassed, threatened, or physically attacked due to their race or ethnicity.
  • 75% of respondents changed their daily routines and behaviors to avoid experiencing anti-Asian hate.

Major barriers to reporting as shared by those who did not report when they experienced a hate incident.

  • Reluctance to bring additional attention to themselves (42%).
  • Did not know that this was something New Yorkers could report (29%).
  • Lack of understanding on how to report such incidents (27%).
  • Lack of comfort reporting the incident to law enforcement or other officials (26%).

Download the report here.

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