Double Jeopardy: Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Students’ Experiences of Sexual Violence and Xenophobia

Double Jeopardy: Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Students’ Experiences of Sexual Violence and Xenophobia

Despite the high number Asian and (Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander) NHPI students in the U.S. higher education system, substantial gaps have been identified in the availability of culturally appropriate and accessible services for Asian and NHPI student-survivors on many college campuses across the nation (Daigle, Hoffman, & Johnson, 2018). University of California(UC) system have 285,862 students enrolled in 2020, with 41% of the students identified themselves as either Asian Americans/Pacific Islander or Asian International students.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders, we hypothesize that Asian and NHPI students’ risk for experiencing sexual violence (particularly, intimate partner violence) has increased due to discrimination and isolation. Moreover, we believe it is likely that the presence of anti-Asian xenophobia due toCOVID-19 and visa restrictions applied to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) have further inhibited Asian international students’ willingness to seek essential advocacy and support services available on and off campus. The feminist theory concept of intersectionality is at the core of our proposed research paradigm. Intersectionality has become the predominant perspective when conceptualizing the complex systems of oppression that impact marginalized populations through their multiple social identities. Asian American and Asian international students commonly experience oppression due to their ascribed race, gender and immigration background.

We are seeking female Asian and NHPI UC students who are 18 years or older and have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH) to participate in a short survey and a confidential, 1-hour Zoom interview. SVSH includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating and/or intimate partner violence. Students from all 10 UC campuses are eligible to participate.


  1. Aged 18 years and over
  2. Identifying as a woman*
  3. Identifying with Asian or NHPI ethnicity
  4. Attending (or, graduated past 12 months) one of the University of California campuses, and
  5. Having experienced sexual violence and/or sexual harassment (example: sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence/dating violence, stalking) while enrolled as a student.

*Individuals of sexual and racial minorities are at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence and other types of harm. This study will be inclusive of both ciswomen and transwomen in our study population and we do not exclude any women because of their assigned sex at birth.

If you are interested in participating, please click the button below.

Or, copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Once your eligibility is confirmed from the screening survey, you will be directed to the main survey.

The full survey will take around 15-20 mins to finish. Upon completion, you will receive a $5 Amazon e-gift code.

We will also ask you if you are willing to participate in a follow-up interview, which will last about an hour. Interview participants will receive an additional $50 Amazon e-gift code upon completion. Interview participants will have an option to choose English, Chinese (Mandarin), and/or Korean. Other languages can be accommodated as needed.

Participants who completed the survey and the interview will be invited to the next phase of the study utilizing Photovoice/Transmedia approach. Participants to the Photovoice/Transmedia study will received up to $150 e-gift codes.

Your participation may help us to understand help-seeking behavior after sexual violence and other types of interpersonal abuse and generate ideas for tailored services to meet students’ needs.

This study is approved by the UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program. Your participation in this study will be used only for the purposes of this research. Your information will be kept confidential.

Contact our study team at or 213-677-7651.

UCLA IRB#: 21-000149



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  • Jianchao Lai, MSW, PhD Candidate CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
  • Ally Massey
    Ally Massey Student Researcher, Undergraduate Student in Public Affairs
  • Madi Logan
    Madi Logan Co-Multimedia Art Director, Undergraduate Student in Communications
  • Sean Sugai Student Researcher
    Undergraduate Student in the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics and Department of Anthropology
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  • Jennifer Wagman, MHS, PHD Principal Investigator
    Faculty Advisor
    Associate Professor Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences, UC Los Angeles
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