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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.
Proper Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval was granted before the start of this study. All participants were required to complete an informed consent form that detailed the purpose of this study, the procedures, risks of participation, and the inclusion criteria. If participants did not provide consent and/or did not meet the inclusion criteria, they were not included in this study.
This project was funded by the Department of Psychology at UNLV.
Microaggressions are typically brief and common behavioral/verbal indignities that communicate a sense of hostility, derogatory, or negative perception towards a targeted group. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we observed an increase in the amount of microassaults, a more intentional type of microaggression, towards the Asian American population. In our study, we used a two-way 2x2 (Race: Asian Americans vs. White Americans; Time: before vs. during COVID-19) analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) with repeated measures on one factor (Time) to determine whether there was a statistical significance between race in the experiences of microassaults before and during COVID-19. We used a self-report survey method to gather data from the participants. Overall, the findings from our study suggest that Asian Americans experienced an increase of microassaults during COVID-19 compared to before the pandemic. Moreover, this change in experiences over time was significantly different for White Americans. This study shows the importance of recognizing this phenomenon, and addresses the issues on inclusivity, cultural-awareness, and compassion. Moving forward, it is important that we are aware of social influences on race-related experiences among Asian Americans, and other marginalized communities.
Microaggressions, COVID-19, Asian Americans
Primary research article
Cheng, A., King, B., Barrita, A., King, A., & Wong-Padoongpatt, G. (2021). Asian Americans experience microassaults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal, 1(1), 56-62. https://doi.org/10.9741/2766-7227.1004