The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is the largest state health survey in the nation. It is a random-dial telephone survey that asks questions on a wide range of health topics. CHIS is conducted on a continuous basis allowing it to provide a detailed picture of the health and health care needs of California’s large and diverse population. A full data cycle takes two years to complete, with over 50,000 Californians surveyed. Continuous data collection allows CHIS to generate timely one-year estimates. CHIS is conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, and the Department of Health Care Services.
A nationally representative sample of eighth-graders were first surveyed in the spring of 1988. A sample of these respondents were then resurveyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000. To further enrich the data, students’ teachers, parents, and school administrators were also surveyed. Coursework and grades from students’ high school and post-secondary transcripts are also available in the restricted use dataset – although some composite variables have been made available in the public use file.
The purpose of this multicity, multiethnic, and multilingual survey was to provide a preliminary attempt to gauge the political attitudes and behavior of Asian Americans on a national scale. Major areas of investigation include ethnic identity, acculturation, homeland politics, voting and other types of political participation, political ideology, political partisanship, opinions on various social issues, social connectedness, racial integration, and group discrimination. Respondents were asked whether people of Asian descent had a great deal in common culturally, what they thought were the most important problems facing their own ethnic group, whether they belonged to any organization that represented the interest of their group, and their knowledge of the Wen Ho Lee case, the 8-20 Initiative, and other news stories and information about Asians in the United States.