Data & Research
STAATUS Index 2023

The latest STAATUS Index report uncovers current American attitudes towards Asian Americans and the deep-seated stereotypes that remain rooted in our climate and culture.

The annual  Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S. (STAATUS) Index is the leading study on perceptions and attitudes towards the AAPI community.

In our third year, we are starting to see how Americans’ views of Asian Americans are changing.

Findings from STAATUS over the last three years show that we cannot attribute the anti-Asian sentiment in our country to political rhetoric and the COVID-19 pandemic alone. Racism against AAPIs is deeply embedded in American history, culture, and institutions and continues to be on the rise.

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There is a continued trend of feeling unsafe and a lack of belonging among Asian Americans.

  • 1 in 2 Asian Americans report feeling unsafe in the U.S. due to their race/ethnicity.
  • Asian Americans – especially young and female Asian Americans – are among the least likely of all racial groups surveyed to feel belonging and acceptance in America.
  • Nearly 80% of Asian Americans do not completely feel they belong and are accepted.

This year’s survey shows Americans’ openness to improving their relationship with and understanding of AAPIs signals room for progress, cross-racial solidarity, and representation.

  • 1 in 4 respondents think they share “a lot” of core values with Asian Americans.
  • 64% of all respondents believe that Asian Americans are somewhat or highly inaccurately portrayed in film/TV and 61% feel NHPIs are somewhat or highly inaccurately portrayed in film/TV.
  • More than 60% of Americans would like more opportunities to interact with AANHPIs and learn about their experience and history.
    3 out of 5 Americans think that incorporating the Asian American experience into the teaching of American history is important.


With the consultation of our Academic Advisory Council, we designed and administered this nationally representative survey of 5,235 US-based respondents, age 16 and above. We oversampled Asian Americans to enable us to perform additional sub-group analyses.

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“It is startling to see that more than one in four of Americans still think Asian Americans are more loyal to their country of origin. These unfortunate and enduring misperceptions erode our sense of belonging and safety as AAPIs. By tracking these perceptions, we want to draw attention and implement solutions to the very real and persistent problems impacting the daily lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."

CEO, The Asian American Foundation
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