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Whites' and Asian Americans' Perceptions of Asian Americans as Targets of Affirmative Action1


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    An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL, April 2004.

Donald M. Truxillo, Department of Psychology, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207. E-mail:


Although Asian Americans are technically a protected group, perceptions of Asian Americans as targets of affirmative action are largely unexplored, as are the attitudes of Asian Americans toward affirmative action. This study compared Whites' (N = 142) and Asian Americans' (N = 85) perceptions of workplace-related discrimination and affirmative action beneficiary status for Asian Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Whites and Asian Americans agreed that Asian Americans experience less adverse impact on tests and benefit less from affirmative action than do Blacks or Hispanics. However, Asian Americans were more likely than Whites to perceive that Asian Americans suffer from discrimination and underrepresentation and should benefit from affirmative action.