Double Jeopardy: Asian Students’ Experiences of Sexual Violence and Xenophobia
This research study examines intersections of sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH) and anti-Asian racism and discrimination (in both covert and overt forms) that University of California (UC) students from Asian communities have experienced. We utilize mixed methods including 1) surveys and semi-structured in-depth interviews and 2) two transmedia storytelling methods including photovoice and installation art. We assess types of SVSH and gendered microaggressions against Asian women, and mental and physical health among Asian undergraduate and graduate students. We also examine changes after COVID-19 pandemic. Our research methods are informed by intersectional, community engaged frameworks guided by trauma-informed practices and survivor-centered principles.

Research Aims

Aim 1:
To explore types of sexual violence and sexual harassment that Asian students have experienced.

Aim 2.
To measure types of racial and ethnic microaggressions that Asian students have experienced.

Aim 3.
To examine how COVID-19 impacted Asian students’ physical and mental health, and their experiences of sexual violence, sexual harassment and racial and ethnic microaggressions.

Aim 4.
To explore the help seeking behaviors and community support Asian students utilize after sexual violence and sexual harassment incidents.

Aim 5.
To develop transmedia materials to raise awareness about culturally specific advocacy for the Asian student community.

Funding Source

UCLA Asian American Studies Center: Martha Ogata Grant to Study Domestic Violence & Abuse in Asian Pacific American Communities

UCLA Asian American Studies Center: Patrick and Lily Okura Research Grant on Asian Pacific American Mental Health

UCLA Office of Research and Creative Activities – Racial and Social Justice Grant

Center for Institutional Courage – Courage Grant

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Research Team

Lauren Cramer

Design and Media Artist

Rhea Gandhi

Student Researcher

Jianchao Lai

Co-Principal Investigator

Liz Li

Design and Media Artis

Madi Logan

Co-Multimedia Art Director

Ally Massey

Student Researcher

Lauren McCarthy

Faculty Advisor

Eunhee Park

Co-Principal Investigator

Ben Shroitman

Design and Media Artist

Sean Sugai

Student Researcher

Jennifer Wagman

Faculty Advisor

Nox Yang

Co-Multimedia Art Director