Anti-Asian Hate, Social Isolation, and Mental Health Among Asian American Elders During COVID-19

May 2022
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Anti-Asian Hate, Social Isolation, and Mental Health among Asian American Elders During COVID-19

From March 2020 to December 2021, 10,905 hate incidents were reported to Stop AAPI Hate. Of those incidents, 824 were reports of hate incidents against Asian American elders aged 60 and up. This national report shines a light on how the past two years exacerbated threats to the safety and wellbeing for Asian American elders ages 60 and up.

The report also spotlights the work of San Francisco‘s Self Help for the Elderly, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) in the greater Atlanta area, the Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC) in Seattle, and the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Six out of 10 (57.6%) incidents reported by adults aged 60 and up involved verbal harassment or shunning;
  • One out of four (26.2%) cases against adults 60 and up were physical assault
  • In one in 11 incidents, elders were coughed and spat upon (7.8%); and
  • Elders reported being barred from establishments in 5.7% of incidents and having their property vandalized in 7.2% of incidents.

Click here to read the full report (PDF).