Study Recruiting Asian American Male Respondents To Explore Experiences of Gendered Racism

February 24, 2016
Justin Kim, the first Asian American male model on America's Next Top Model. (Photo credit: Matthew Vita)
Justin Kim, the first Asian American male model on America’s Next Top Model. (Photo credit: Matthew Vita)

A study being conducted by a doctoral student of Counseling Psychology at Indiana University under the training of Dr. Joel Wong is recruiting survey respondents to better understand how gendered racism might uniquely affect Asian American men. The student running the study — Tao Liu — has asked that I help publicize this work on the blog, in hopes of reaching out to a broad range of study participants.

I think this study — which I confirmed is registered with Indiana University – Bloomington’s Institutional Board (IRB #1503060816) — is very important. Our community’s nuanced relationship with racism and gender identity impacts our self-identity, and even contributes to the heightened prevalence of stress, anxiety and depression within our community. Yet, the experiences of Asian American men (and women) with regard to race and gender remain woefully understudied and under-appreciated in academic research.

This study offers a necessary opportunity to explore and understand the complex self-identity of Asian American men. As such, I strongly encourage any readers who think they fit the demographics of the study’s desired recruits to participate.

Please see the full  recruiting notice after the jump.

Are you an Asian American man?
Have you or do you know other Asian American men who have experienced discrimination?

Participate in the study Asian American Men’s Experiences of Discrimination and you have a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

I am a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. I am currently conducting a study on Asian American men’s experiences of discrimination. This is an anonymous survey that investigates Asian American men’s experiences of discrimination based on both of their gender and race. This study has been approved by the Institutional Board at IU Bloomington (IRB# 1503060816), and results will be used to develop scales that measure Asian American men’s experiences of gendered racism. To be eligible for the study, you have to be an Asian American male at the age of 18 or older, either born in the U.S. or immigrated into U.S. before age 10. If you are interested, please complete the following online survey regarding your experiences of discrimination and understanding of stereotypes of Asian American men.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at or my dissertation advisor Dr. Joel Wong at

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  • Skeet Duran

    Thank you Jenn and everyone involved for conducting and posting this research. I hope the turnout participation will be more than enough for the study, on the other hand IF the respondents/participants don’t turnout enough as anticipated, I want to take this opportunity to explain the reason why as a culture Asians are less likely to report abuse, discrimination, rape, ect. They take pride in self-discipline, self-responsibility and are more likely to self-blame than pointing fingers at others.

    I don’t think most Asian guys know how to process racism even if they’ve experienced it on a personal level, especially conservative Asian guys and/or recent immigrants (racially unaware/uninformed) are more likely not to take the subject matter seriously, unfortunately. The Asian guys I’ve interacted online fall into the trap of accepting racism and stereotypes as the truth or jokes, therefore they’re incapable of challenging the status quo of racially bias. Most of the damaging racism and stereotypes directed toward Asian males are usually group-based, lesser known are of the individual level based varieties.

    Asians as a culture on an individual level, they’re disciplined to accept tribulations and hardships in life as obstacles to overcome and self-blame for not working hard enough rather than pointing fingers at someone else for discrimination. Similar to how as a culture Asian females are less likely to report rape and abuse than their Western female counterparts. Victimhood blaming and self-shaming are prevalent in the Asian community which need to be addressed and reduced.

    Racism against individual Asian guys are of the subtle covert variety, not openly overt enough for most Asian guys to decipher much less be able to identify, analyze and express their perturbation accurately. Unless some Asian guys are experienced enough to accurately dissect, recognize and analyze the real intensions hidden behind the “between the lines” or snide indirect aggressions. Macro-aggressions are more prevalent against Asian guys and Asians in general, whilst micro-aggressions are harder for individuals to decipher and diagnose the difference between prejudice or just merely personal dissension.

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