Asian American Research Resources

June 7, 2022

As a primary resource in the Asian advertising and marketing industry. the 3AF has compiled a list of research currently available on Asian Americans to help those interested in better understanding this critical consumer segment.   Some of the resources are free; others require a fee. Please contact the research vendors directly if you would like access to the individual reports or have specific questions. If you know of additional research reports to add, please contact 


Claritas’ Asian American Retail Report

By 2024, Asian American buying power is projected to reach $1.6 trillion, according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Research from Claritas shows that the average Asian American household has an income 34% higher than the national median household and spent 11% more annually on retail than the average U.S. household in 2021. Find more insights to better identify and engage these highly influential multicultural consumers by understanding their preferences and attitudes towards retail shopping, in Claritas’ Asian American Retail Report.

US Asian Consumer Behaviors for Electronics (infographic by Claritas)

The Asian American Telecom Report (Claritas)


Overview of the Market

The Rise of Asian Americans by Pew Research Center

A comprehensive report on Asian Americans including population trends, education, income, values and religious affiliation and commitment to the group, with breakdown of Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Indian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Korean Americans, Japanese Americans and other smaller groups.


Economic Power

The Multicultural Economy by Selig Center

The Multicultural Economy report provides state-level buying power estimates broken down by race (white, black, Asian, American Indian) and ethnicity (Hispanic). Each edition of the report includes current-year buying power estimates, buying power projections for the next half decade and historical data going back to 2000 to provide a measure of growth trends in all 50 states.


Public Opinions

National Asian American Survey

Studies focusing primarily on issues of civic engagement and political participation among Asian Americans.


Media Consumption

Reaching the Fastest Growing Consumer in a Digital World by Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF)

A nationwide survey commissioned by the 3AF on Asian American consumers’ media consumption behaviors which covers both traditional and digital media, in English and in native language, with a breakdown on major Asian sub-segments (Chinese, Asian Indian, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese).


Asian American 50+

AARP released research on AAPI:


AARP sponsored released research on AAPI:


Asian Millennials

HMP Wave 5 Study

ThinkNow Research conducted a series of Millennial studies in 2015/2016.  This wave of that study explores the impact of culture on the Millennial consumption of media, technology, and entertainment with specific focus on the U.S. Asian Millennial.


Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping Trends 2016

ThinkNow Research conducted its annual Holiday Shopping Trends Study with a focus on looking at the U.S. Asian consumer group looking to learn how this group’s holiday shopping habits were similar and different to others.


Koreans in Los Angeles and Orange County

Highlights of a study commissioned by Radio Korea

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Chinese in Canada

Toronto vs. Shanghai: How Chinese Parents Manage Their Kids’ Extra-curriculum by Chinese Research & Analytics Society (Canada)

The 2017 study conducted by CRAS shows no matter where you live, Toronto or Shanghai, more than 90% of children under 12 years old participate any sorts of extra curriculum activities. Chinese parents are more or less the same even if the education system and philosophy is somewhat different in Canada and China.



Nielsen has put together several reports on Asian Americans covering everything from shopping and beauty trends, to what’s in Asian Americans’ wallets, food habits and more.