An Asian American community in the Southern United States: An exploration of fear of crime

Suzie S. Weng, University of North Florida
Warren T. Wolfe, Rockingham Memorial Hospital


This article is a qualitative study exploring fear of crime within an Asian American community in the southern region of the United States. As more and more Asian Americans move to the South, they force preexisting communities to encounter a burst of unfamiliar populations. The new makeup of communities in the South has resulted in fear of crime among the more recent residents. In interviews with leaders of the Asian American community, four major themes of fears were identified: violence against businesses, crime against personal property, invisibility and marginalization, and discrimination of individuals.