Asian Americans least likely to report hate incidents, new research

The reluctance to report could have to do with fear of retaliation as well as a concern over whether justice will be served, one researcher said.

March 31, 2021

By Kimmy Yam NBC News

A new report highlights how prevalent the underreporting of hate incidents is in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The survey, released Tuesday by AAPI Data, a policy and research nonprofit group, showed that Asian Americans have experienced hate incidents at a significantly higher percentage than the general population, but are also among the least likely to say they are “very comfortable” reporting hate crimes to authorities. “What our data show is that upwards of 2 million AAPIs have experienced these hate incidents since Covid-19 started,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, the group’s founder who helped lead the study, told NBC Asian America. “But a very small fraction of them have reported to community hotlines and an even smaller proportion, at least what we know, have been established by law enforcement authorities as hate crimes.”

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