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.
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:
I'm doing a survey to understand what it's like to live, work, and date as an Asian man in America. Please share! https://t.co/YJAXaFpX3n— Jason Shen (@JasonShen) November 23, 2015
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.
To review a complete set of results on 2015 finds of this survey, including correlations, and statistical analysis on responses, click here.
If you'd like to run your own analysis on the raw data, you can download it here.Take the 2016 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