Asian Americans’ Attitudes toward Affirmative Action: Framing Matters

BY JANELLE WONG, JENNIFER LEE, AND VAN TRAN

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have announced that they will investigate allegations that Yale University illegally uses race in its admissions decisions to discriminate against Asian American applicants. Yale now joins Harvard as under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Asian Americans are the center of the debate about affirmative …

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Where Can AAPI Voters Have Maximum Impact in 2018?

[UPDATED SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 TO INCLUDE COOK ESTIMATES RELEASED ON 09/12/18. PRIOR RATINGS TAKEN FROM COOK REPORT RELEASED 08/13/2018.]

BY SONO SHAH AND KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN

As the 2018 midterm elections draw nearer, we provide a closer look at competitive congressional races where Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) could make a critical difference in determining the winner. While every vote …

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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


As Asian American and Pacific Islander American professors, researchers, and educators from across the nation, we are deeply concerned by the addition of a question asking an explicit question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

Data from the decennial Census represents the “gold standard” in terms of U.S. demographic data and are essential for understanding Asian American …

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Survey Roundup: Asian American Attitudes on Affirmative Action

BY KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN AND JANELLE WONG

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

BY ALTON WANG

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

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 …

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