The STAATUS (Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S.) Index is a comprehensive, annual assessment of attitudes and stereotypes of Asian Americans by a representative sample of adults from across the country. The overall purpose of the study is to help improve understanding, belonging and acceptance of Asian Americans in our country.
The COVID-19 pandemic marked a surge in anti-Asian violence, with a 339% increase in hate crimes in 2021 alone. While the pandemic exacerbated outright acts of hate in the U.S., Asian Americans have long been the target of damaging stereotypes and discrimination, ranging from the Model Minority myth and Yellow Peril to the murder of Vincent Chin. Amidst the ongoing public safety crisis, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S.
Recognition, understanding, and empathy for Asian Americans is long overdue. Per the 2022 STAATUS Index Report, published by Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change (LAAUNCH) and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), "education is the most recommended solution overall to combat anti-Asian racism." Effective peace-building practices include educating communities about bias-motivated violence, different cultures and ethnic groups, and teaching tolerance. Visibility Forward supports existing organizations preserving and teaching the long and diverse histories of Asian Americans and other people of color.
Currently, many history curricula nationwide ignore Asian Americans entirely or reinforce offensive stereotypes of Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners or as Orientals. Visibility Forward develops and promotes educational resources that increase tolerance and understanding in classrooms—strategies proven to reduce crime, cultivate belonging, and empower the next generation of students.