Over Half of Filipino Adults in the U.S. Have Experienced Racism, New Report Finds

Majority of survey respondents also said Donald Trump is “very responsible” discrimination against Asian-Americans.

Over half of Filipinos residing in the United States have experienced some form of racism throughout their lives, while nearly 30 percent say they’ve been the target of racism over the past year. 

This was one of the findings of American market research and tech firm Morning Consult, which polled 1,000 Asian adults living in the U.S. from March 24 to 30, 2021. It also surveyed 2,200 American adults between March 24 to 28.

Fifty-one percent of the Filipino respondents said, “someone has said something racist or racially insensitive to or about them ever,” while 27 percent said “someone has said something racist or racially insensitive to or about them in the past year.”

Photo by Market Consult.

The results somewhat mirror the experience of all Asian adults living in the U.S., with about 58 percent of Asian adults living in the U.S. saying they have experienced racism at least once in their lives, while 28 percent said they’ve been told a racist or racially insensitive remark over the past year.


For comparison, the report said that 44 percent of all U.S. adults reported experiencing a racially insensitive incident in their life, while 25 percent said they experienced in during the past year.

There has been a wave of anti-Asian violence reported across the United States in recent months. One of the most prominent was the shooting spree at an Atlanta-area massage parlor where six women of Asian descent were killed last March 16. Then, on March 30, an elderly Filipino-American woman was physically assaulted by a man in New York. 

According to Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks cases of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there have been 3,795 firsthand incidents of racism and discrimination between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. 

Of this number, 503 incidents took place in the first two months of 2021 alone. Chinese are the largest ethnic group (42.2 percent) that reported experiencing hate, followed by Koreans (14.8 percent), Vietnamese (8.5 percent), and Filipinos (7.9 percent).

Photo by Stop AAPI Hate (February 9, 2021) https://stopaapihate.org.
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According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, although hate crimes overall dropped by seven percent from 2020, hate crimes toward Asians in the United States increased 149 percent, from 49 crimes reported in 2019 to 122 incidents in 2020.

The Morning Consult study also found that, of the 1,000 Asian-Americans polled, 53 percent said Trump is “very responsible” for discrimination against Asian people living in the country, followed by 36 percent who said “white Americans,” and 30 percent who said “congressional Republicans,” were very responsible.

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