BY KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN & SONO SHAH
The White House recently raised the prospect of legal immigration to the United States by about one half, primarily based on cuts in family visas. These moves are in line with the RAISE Act proposed by Senator Tom Cotton, which would eliminate the ability of citizens and to sponsor adult relatives including parents …
BY JANELLE WONG
This week, during his State of the Union address, President Trump condemned policies that prioritize family connections in decisions about who is allowed to immigrate to the United States from other parts of the world. When this priority was established by the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, it explicitly emphasized close relationships and uniting family members. In …
BY KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN AND JANELLE WONG
Karthick Ramakrishnan, director, and Janelle Wong, senior researcher, wrote this letter with respect to H3361, a bill in Massachusetts that seeks to improve state data collection on Asian Americans
We write as the Executive Director and Senior Researcher, respectively, at AAPI Data—the leading repository for data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the …
In 2017, Data Bits published about two dozen articles on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through the lens of data. This included our “Why Disaggregate?” series, which looked at the critical need for data disaggregation for AAPIs in discussions around poverty, education, language access, income, and health.
We expanded our contributor base to include …
BY ALTON WANG AND SONO SHAH
Disaggregated data tells us that Asian American subgroups have significant differences on a range of issues, including outcomes like educational attainment and poverty, and opinions on some policy issues and political preferences. However, differences in public opinion also exist between Asian American populations across different regions of the United States.
For instance, …
BY: ALTON WANG AND KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN
In an ongoing conversation over who is considered “brown”—and if light-skinned Asians can identify as brown—today we’re revisiting the concept of “Asian American.” The dominant understanding of “Asian American” often defaults to East Asian, leaving South Asians and Southeast Asians out of the narrative.
As the South Asian population in the United States …
BY: ALTON WANG
Congressional Republicans are racing to pass tax reform legislation before their self-imposed deadline at the end of this year. While the Senate and House plans have notable differences, they both feature cuts to the corporate tax rate and ending numerous tax deductions for individuals. Wealthy people with high incomes will also see a tax cut, as would …
BY KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN AND ALTON WANG
The biggest theme coming out of the November 2017 elections was a clear repudiation of immigrant bashing and ethnic nationalism as a viable electoral strategy. It is also important, however, to recognize the electoral gains made by immigrants and communities of color, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
It is still too early …
BY: MANJUSHA KULKARNI
If you’re Asian American or Pacific Islander, and you have one or more social media accounts, you saw a mailer from Edison, New Jersey last week. If you have somehow managed to avoid social media, the mailer entitled, “Make Edison Great Again,” stated that “[t]he Chinese and Indians are taking over our town,” and suggested deporting …
BY: ALTON WANG
This week, mailers calling for the deportation of two Asian American school board candidates were sent to households in Edison, New Jersey. These mailers urged voters to “Make Edison Great Again,” complaining that Chinese and Indians were “taking over our town” with Chinese and Indian schools, cricket fields, and “McMansions.” Edison is a township in New Jersey’s …
BY: JASON NG, EVELYN CHAN, AND JESSICA CHEN
We have all heard the stereotype of Asian Americans being intelligent and getting into “good” colleges. But how did that stereotype get placed upon Asian Americans? Studies have shown that more Asian Americans tend to graduate high school and get a bachelor’s degree than other races, but is that showing the …