Asian Americans still the ‘other’ in study

The Museum of Chinese in America will hold an open discussion with Frank H. Wu, author of “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White,” on Aug. 12, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 2/F at 70 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013. The discussion will cover how communities can work together to foster better understanding of Asian American contributions to American society and how individuals can increase awareness of harmful stereotypes.

Topics will also revolve around perceptions of Asian Americans in a Committee of 100 (C-100) study released in April 20, 2009, “Still the “Other?”: Public Attitudes Toward Chinese and Asian Americans,” conducted by Harris Interactive.

The report indicates that, despite a positive trend in attitudes toward Asian Americans, racial discrimination and suspicions still exist. An underlying current throughout the survey results is the recognition that – even in 2009 – the majority of the general population cannot make a distinction between Chinese Americans and Asian Americans in general, treating all as one generic, monolithic ethnic group, with 28 percent or more saying they rarely or never interact with Asian Americans.

A PDF copy of the 100-page report, which includes recommendations based on findings, is accessible at the Admerasia general server, CIA folder, AsianNews subfolder or check out following link at the source site http://www.Committee100.org or at http://survey.committee100.org/2009/files/FullReportfinal.pdf

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