What is life like for
Asian Men in America?
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About This Study

The Asian American Man study seeks to capture a holistic and comprehensive view into the lives of Asian men in the United States, exploring their experiences with race, at work and in school, in dating and relationships, and even their politics and religion. The findings from the 2015 edition of the study were read by over 70,000 people on Medium and received coverage on Atlantic Media's National Journal and NBC's Asian America.

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The Story Behind the Study

About a year ago, I was walking through Union Square with my friend Shiyin, then a medical resident at a major hospital in New York City. We were discussing our experiences living, dating, and working as Asian American men and we wondered how lives compared to our peers. In that moment, we realized that despite living our whole lives as Asian American men, we didn't have a good understanding of what Asian American men face in this country.

I needed data. So I put together a survey and asked for help:

Over 350 Asian American men ultimately took the survey. I crunched the numbers and wrote up the results a few months later on Medium. The findings were read by over 55,000 people in just 48 hours and earned coverage on Atlantic.com and NBC's Asian America.

One year later, we're back with another round of the study. It's been tweaked, with less helpful or redundant questions cut, and new content added based on participant feedback. It's more comprehensive, will draw out more interesting insights, and only takes 6-8 minutes to complete.

If you are an Asian American man, I hope you take a moment to share your experiences with the world in this survey. And I encourage everyone, no matter what nationality or walk of life to share this survey around so we can shine a light onto this part of America.

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Key Findings from 2015

  • 89% of Asian men feel they are underrepresented in the media.
  • The most common stereotypes faced by Asian men include “good at math”, “small penis”, and “good with computers”.
  • While most are proud of their Asian heritage, many Asian American men do not think it’s important to uphold “traditional” Asian values in their lives, though these views may shift as they get older.
  • Many Asian American men feel that there are still race-related obstacles holding back themselves and their ethnic peers at the workplace though they report very little overt harassment at work.
  • Most Asian men report dating and having dating preference within their own subethnicity (East, Southeast, South) though nearly 30% of Asian men in relationships were dating a White person.
  • Nearly half of Asian men have heard someone say “I don’t date Asian men” in their presence.

Full Results

To review a complete set of results on 2015 finds of this survey, including correlations, and statistical analysis on responses, click here.

Get the Raw Data

If you'd like to run your own analysis on the raw data, you can download it here.

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About This Survey

Until fairly recently, I didn't spend much time thinking about how my race/ethnicity affected the way others perceived me or interacted with me. As an Asian American man born in China but raised in the US, I had close friends who were Asian and those who were not. But I've come to notice that there are certain experiences that only Asian guy friends can truly appreciate - both around work and dating.

I've also noticed that there's a relative dearth of writing / discussion about what life is like for Asian men in America. So I've been thinking about writing more on this topic.

I've got the stories of my own life and the experiences of my friends, but I wanted to take this opportunity to reach a broader group of people and try to understand at a macro level what our experience has been.

You can read more about my goals and thoughts for this survey here: What is Life Like for the Asian American Man in 2015?.


— Jason Shen

jason@theasianamericanman.com | @JasonShen

Thank you to Shiyin Zhu for the inspiration of the survey, Brenna Lynch and Takeo Rivera for reviewing earlier drafts, and Statwing for use of their statistical analysis software.