An Open Letter from Asian American and Pacific Islander American Academic Faculty, Researchers, and Educators to Express Concern about Census Citizenship Question

July 17, 2018

The Census Bureau has invited public comment on the addition of an explicit question about citizenship on the Census 2020 questionnaire.  Please take a moment to read this comment submission from Asian and Pacific Islander American professors, researchers and educators opposing the addition of this untested question that will likely result in under-counting our communities and SIGN-ON

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Survey Roundup: Asian American Attitudes on Affirmative Action


A lawsuit against Harvard University alleging racial discrimination has sparked intense interest in Asian Americans’ attitudes about race-conscious admissions and other policies to address racial diversity in college admissions and in other settings. Below, we highlight findings from Asian American public opinion data on this topic, in the hope that it can inform better

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2018 Internship Opportunities at AAPI Data

AAPI Data seeks to make policy research and demographic data on AAPIs more accessible to a range of audiences. We strive to keep our information current and useful, with data and research that are as rigorous and accurate as possible. We also regularly help journalists, community organizations, and decision makers make better sense of data and research.

The AAPI Data …

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Citizenship Question on the Census will Undercount Immigrant Communities


Yesterday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross directed the U.S. Census Bureau to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census—a move that may have serious consequences for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and immigrant communities across the nation.

Every ten years, the Census counts everyone who lives in the United States—regardless of citizenship status—and plays a consequential …

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“Chain-migration” created today’s Asian America


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 …

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Ethnicity data is critical to address the diverse needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


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 …

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Asian Americans in Different Parts of the Country Hold Different Beliefs


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, …

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