Unveiling Asian American Bias Victimization

Helen Ahn Lim, Indiana University

ABSTRACT
In this paper, I examine the misperceptions of bias crime against Asian ethnics. Although there are clear differences among Asian ethnics, they do share a common reality --they are targets of bias crime due to their real or perceived race --non-white. Since this study does not intend to concentrate on important intra-group differences but on shared experiences as a targeted group, for ease of discussion I refer to all Asian ethnics as Asian Americans. This analysis of Asian American perceptions of bias crime, including knowledge of what shapes them, and reasons for non-reporting, will look deeply into the Asian American victimization experience. To study a group that disproportionately underreports its perpetuators can broaden knowledge about victims and their experiences not captured in reported data.

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