AAPI Convergence: Youth

In this segment of AAPI Convergence, we dive into the Stop AAPI Hate Youth Report (https://stopaapihate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Stop-AAPI-Hate-Report-Youth-Incidents-200917.pdf), produced by Stop AAPI Hate, a California-based nonprofit focused on combating discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the demographics of youth affected by anti-Asian hate and in what ways does said hate play out?

From the 341 youth reports received by Stop AAPI Hate, female youth were more likely than male youth to be “verbally harassed” and “coughed and spat on.” Moreover, 71% of respondents were female, 28% were male, and 1% were trans or gender nonbinary. The most common kind of discrimination reported was “Verbal Harassment/Name Calling” (81.5% of respondents), and said harassment was more common in youth than adults.

Where does discrimination occur?

For 27% of respondents, hate was experienced at a “Business,” and “Public Street/Sidewalk,” “School,” and “Online” were the next most common at 18.2%, 16.7%, and 16.7% respectively.

What if we look at types of discrimination stratified by gender?

The figure below from the report is very illuminating. One insight from the chart is that transgender and nonbinary youth face tremendously disproportionate instances of “Shunning” and “Physical Assault” by oppressors. In this context, tt’s very clear that we must adopt an intersectional approach to understanding AAPI hate.

Bar chart of “Type of Discrimination by Gender” from the Stop AAPI Hate Youth Report, page 13

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