Asian Identity Scale (Suinn-lew, 1987)

  • The questions which follow are for the purpose of collecting information about your historical background as well as more recent behaviors which may be related to your cultural identity. Choose the one answer which best describes you.
  • 1. What language can you speak?
    a. Asian only (for example, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.)
    b. Mostly Asian, some English
    c. Asian and English about equally well (bilingual)
    d. Mostly English, some Asian
    e. Only English
    2. What language do you prefer?
    a. Asian only (for example, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.)
    b. Mostly Asian, some English
    c. Asian and English about equally well (bilingual)
    d. Mostly English, some Asian
    e. Only English
    3. How do you identify yourself?
    a. Oriental
    b. Asian
    c. Asian-American
    d. Chinese-American, Japanese-American, Korean-American, etc.
    e. American
    4. Which identification does (did) your mother use?
    a. Oriental
    b. Asian
    c. Asian-American
    d. Chinese-American, Japanese-American, Korean-American, etc.
    e. American
    5. Which identification does (did) your father use?
    a. Oriental
    b. Asian
    c. Asian-American
    d. Chinese-American, Japanese-American, Korean-American, etc.
    e. American
    6. What was the ethnic origin of the friends and peers you had, as a child up to age 6?
    a. Almost exclusively Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    b. Mostly Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    c. About equally Asian groups and Anglo groups
    d. Mostly Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    e. Almost exclusively Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian
    ethnic groups
    7. What was the ethnic origin of the friends and peers you had, as a child
    from 6 to 18?
    a. Almost exclusively Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    b. Mostly Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    c. About equally Asian groups and Anglo groups
    d. Mostly Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    e. Almost exclusively Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    8. Whom do you now associate with in the community?
    a. Almost exclusively Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    b. Mostly Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    c. About equally Asian groups and Anglo groups
    d. Mostly Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    e. Almost exclusively Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    9. If you could pick, whom would you prefer to associate with in the community?
    a. Almost exclusively Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    b. Mostly Asians, Asian-Americans, Orientals
    c. About equally Asian groups and Anglo groups
    d. Mostly Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    e. Almost exclusively Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, or other non-Asian ethnic groups
    10. What is your music preference?
    a. Only Asian music (for example, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.)
    b. Mostly Asian
    c. Equally Asian and English
    d. Mostly English
    e. English only
    11. What is your movie preference?
    a. Asian-language movies only
    b. Asian-language movies mostly
    c. Equally Asian/English English-language movies
    d. Mostly English-language movies only
    e. English-language movies only
    12. What generation are you? ( circle the generation that best applies to you: )
    1 1st Generation = I was born in Asia or country other than U.S.
    2 2nd Generation = I was born in U.S., either parent was born in Asia or country other than U.S.
    3 3rd Generation = I was born in U.S., both parents were born in U.S, and all
    grandparents born in Asia or country other than U.S.
    4 4th Generation = I was born in U.S., both parents were born in U.S, and at least one
    grandparent born in Asia or country other than U.S. and one grandparent born in U.S.
    5 5th Generation = I was born in U.S., both parents were born in U.S., and all grandparents also born in U.S.
    6 Don’t know what generation best fits since I lack some information.
    13. Where were you raised?
    a. In Asia only
    b. Mostly in Asia, some in U.S.
    c. Equally in Asia and U.S.
    d. Mostly in U.S., some in Asia
    e. In U.S. only
    14. What contact have you had with Asia?
    a. Raised one year or more in Asia
    b. Lived for less than one year in Asia
    c. Occasional visits to Asia
    d. Occasional communications (letters, phone calls, etc.) with people in Asia
    e. No exposure or communications with people in Asia
    15. What is your food preference at home?
    a. Exclusively Asian food
    b. Mostly Asian food, some American
    c. About equally Asian and American
    d. Mostly American food
    e. Exclusively American food
    16. What is your food preference in restaurants?
    a. Exclusively Asian food
    b. Mostly Asian food, some American
    c. About equally Asian and American
    d. Mostly American food
    e. Exclusively American food
    17. Do you
    a. read only an Asian language
    b. read an Asian language better than English
    c. read both Asian and English equally well
    d. read English better than an Asian language
    e. read only English
    18. Do you
    a. write only an Asian language
    b. write an Asian language better than English
    c. write both Asian and English equally well
    d. write English better than an Asian language
    e. write only English
    19. If you consider yourself a member of the Asian group (Oriental, Asian, Asian-American,
    Chinese-American, etc., whatever term you prefer), how much pride do you have in this group?
    a. Extremely proud
    b. Moderately proud
    c. Little pride
    d. No pride but do not feel negative toward group
    e. No pride but do feel negative toward group
    20. How would you rate yourself?
    a. Very Asian
    b. Mostly Asian
    c. Bicultural
    d. Mostly Westernized
    e. Very Westernized
    21. Do you participate in Asian occasions, holidays, traditions, etc.?
    a. Nearly all
    b. Most of them
    c. Some of them
    d. A few of them
    e. None at all
    22. Rate yourself on how much you believe in Asian values (e.g., about marriage,
    families, education, work):
    1 234 5
    (do not believe) (strongly believe in Asian values)
    23. Rate yourself on how much you believe in American (Western) values:
    1 234 5
    (do not believe) (strongly believe in American values)
    24. Rate yourself on how well you fit when with other Asians of the same
    ethnicity:
    1 234 5
    (do not fit) (fit very well)
    25. Rate yourself on how well you fit when with other Americans who are nonAsian
    (Westerners):
    1 234 5
    (do not fit) (fit very well)
    26. There are many different ways in which people think of themselves.
    Which ONE of the following most closely describes how you view
    yourself?
    1. I consider myself basically an Asian person (e.g., Chinese, Japanese,
    Korean, Vietnamese). Even though I live and work in America, I still
    view myself basically as an Asian person.
    2. I consider myself basically as an American. Even though I have an Asian
    background and characteristics, I still view myself basically as an
    American.
    3. I consider myself as an Asian American, although deep down I always
    know I am an Asian.
    4. I consider myself as an Asian American, although deep down I view
    myself as an American first.
    5. I consider myself as an Asian American. I have both Asian and
    American characteristics, and I view myself as a blend of both.
  • Source: Suinn, R. M., Rickard-Figueroa, K., Lew, S., & Vigil, P. (1987). The Suinn-Lew Asian self-identity acculturation scale: An initial report. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 47(2), 401-407.
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