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Most Asian Americans View Their Ancestral Homelands Favorably, Except Chinese Americans


Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. The Center’s Asian American portfolio was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with generous support from The Asian American Foundation; Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Henry Luce Foundation; the Doris Duke Foundation; The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation; The Long Family Foundation; Lu-Hebert Fund; Gee Family Foundation; Joseph Cotchett; the Julian Abdey and Sabrina Moyle Charitable Fund; and Nanci Nishimura.

We would also like to thank the Leaders Forum for its thought leadership and valuable assistance in helping make this survey possible.

The strategic communications campaign used to promote the research was made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Foundation.

This report was written by Neil G. Ruiz, head of new research initiatives and associate director of race and ethnicity research; Carolyne Im, research assistant; Christine Huang, research associate; and Laura Silver, associate director of global attitudes research.

The appendix of this report was written by Abby Budiman, temporary research associate.

Many individuals contributed to this study’s design, data collection and methodology. This survey and the subsequent reports from it would not be possible without Associate Director of Survey Methods Ashley Amaya, who designed the survey’s methodology, managed the long fielding period with Westat and helped with the questionnaire development. The entire survey project was expertly managed by Research Associate Luis Noe-Bustamante. Noe-Bustamante also managed a team that carried out the survey’s data processing and included Budiman, Im, Research Methodologist Arnold Lau and Research Assistant Lauren Mora. Research Assistant Mohamad Moslimani also contributed to the survey’s data processing and analysis of focus group transcripts for this report.

Ruiz and former Research Associate Sunny Shao led the development of the survey questionnaire with help from Amaya, Research Associate Khadijah Edwards, Mora, Moslimani and Noe-Bustamante. Senior Demographer Jeffrey Passel provided advice on the demographic analysis. Pew Research Center is also grateful to Westat’s Mike Brick, Ismael Flores Cervantes, Eric Jodts and Hanna Popick for their many contributions to this project.

Director of Race and Ethnicity Research Mark Hugo Lopez provided editorial guidance over the project, including the survey questionnaire, report and related products. Director of Global Attitudes Research Richard Wike also provided editorial guidance over the report. The report was number-checked by Mora, Moslimani, and Research Interns Rachel Chen and Joanne Haner. Senior Copy Editor David Kent copy edited the report. The report was produced by Assistant Digital Producer Janakee Chavda, Senior Digital Producer Shannon Greenwood and Associate Digital Producer Beshay Sakla.

The communications and outreach strategy for the report was led by Senior Communications Manager Hannah Klein and Communications Manager Gar Meng Leong, with help from Senior Communications Manager Tanya Arditi, Communications Manager Julia O’Hanlon and Communications Associate Mimi Cottingham. The charts and illustrations were designed by Im, Huang and Information Graphics Designer John Carlo Mandapat.

Pew Research Center is grateful to a panel of expert advisers who provided advice at all stages of this survey and report’s development: Devesh Kapur, Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Janelle Wong, Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland; Yến Lê Espiritu, Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of California, San Diego; Anthony Christian Ocampo, Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside; and Yang Sao Xiong, Assistant Professor at College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno.

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