A study by McKinsey & Company examines the affect on Asian American communities affected by the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s comparatively deep impact on Asian American—and other communities of color—has exposed the gap between perception and reality. A look beneath the top-line numbers reveals that the Asian American community is not a monolith: Asian Americans have some of the widest variances in corporate success, educational attainment, and income. The community’s workers disproportionately hold high-contact essential jobs that place them at greater health risk. Asian-owned businesses are overrepresented in sectors that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Further, the pandemic has exacerbated anti-Asian xenophobia and racism, which have historically acted as barriers to equity.
Among their findings, Asian Americans are overrepresented in essential roles.