With the buzz this summer about the persistence of racial prejudice and the toxicity of race in American political discourse, we can find clues in the Committee’s 2009 Opinion Survey about the 21% of Americans who hold the most negative views of Chinese and Asian Americans.
The 2009 report states that those with the highest degree of prejudice toward Chinese and Asian Americans tend to be older, less educated, and have lower household incomes.
They are more likely to believe, for example, that Asian Americans are overrepresented on the college campus and are bothered by Asian immigrant success. “The survey shows that intolerance breeds further intolerance. Therefore, if a person is intolerant toward gays, equal rights, freedom of speech, and Asian immigrants’ success, then he or she is much more likely to be more prejudiced toward Chinese and Asian Americans.” These respondents also expressed a higher degree of prejudice against African and Hispanic Americans.
For the full survey report, visit http://survey.committee100.org/2009/