What is it about?

Asian Americans experience microaggressions as an everyday form of discrimination. All people of color experience microaggressions however not everyone experiences these slights and denigrations the same way. We examined how Asian American men and women may experience microaggressions differently.

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Why is it important?

Many critics have challenged the severity of microaggressions claiming that this form of everyday discrimination has little to no impact on marginalized people. To address these concerns, we used a true experimental design to examine the nuance effects of microaggressions on Asian Americans. Our findings show that microaggressions do elicit stress responses and these daily slights have a differential impact on Asian Americans that vary across both gender and rejection sensitivity.


Often times, Asian Americans are overlooked in the discussion of racism. I sincerely hope this article makes people aware that Asian Americans are impacted by microaggressions and that this impact can vary across genders and different personality traits.

Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt
Lincy Foundation

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This page is a summary of: Individual variations in stress response to racial microaggressions among Asian Americans., Asian American Journal of Psychology, September 2020, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/aap0000182.
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