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The Emerging Majority: Where do Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Fit In?


On May 7, 2014, we organized a historic gathering of AAPI researchers in Washington, DC for what we hope will be an annual tradition for APA Heritage Month.  About 100 people participated in this event, and we heard from 2 introductory speakers and presentations from 9 organizations.  All in 90 minutes, with time to spare for Q&A!

Here is the composite presentation for the event, featuring slides from all organizations.

And here are some highlights from the event, with links to related reports:

may7-luiRichard Lui speaks on the importance of new and compelling data for driving news stories


Wade Henderson notes the involvement of AAPIs in civil rights coalitions,
stresses the importance of data for advocacy work


Karthick Ramakrishnan unveils the Quick Stats feature of AAPI Data


Terry Ao Minnis presents the Section 203/voter language access report
from Advancing Justice-AAJC


Christine Chen presents on the need for voter outreach (report from APIAVote, NAAS, and AAJC) and
previews a set of forthcoming factsheets from APIA Vote


Marianne Chung previews an upcoming report from Action for Health Justice showing
outreach to over 300,000 individuals and enrollment assistance to about 200,000 individuals
in 42 languages for the Affordable Care Act


Sefa Aina introduces the EPIC/Advancing Justice report on Pacific Islanders,
discusses the importance of context and process when researching NHPIs


Bruce Thao discusses the Census-based report from Hmong National Development


Lisa Hasegawa highlights findings from the 2013 poverty report from National CAPACD


Navdeep Singh discusses Turban Myths, a report from SALDEF,
with a survey of Americans revealing highly discriminatory attitudes towards Sikhs


Quyen Dinh presents two reports, one on economic empowerment/financial capabilities,
and the other on the need for education agencies to collect and provide disaggregated data


The Emerging Majority: Where do Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Fit In?
Noon to 1:30pm — Wednesday, May 7, 2014
National Council of La Raza (NCLR), 1126 16th St NW # 600, Washington, DC 20036
Opening remarks by Richard Lui (MSNBC) and Wade Henderson (The Leadership Conference)
Sponsoring Organizations: AAPI Data, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Action for Health Justice, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Hmong National Development, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National CAPACD, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

The United States is set to become a majority-minority, or majority-people of color, nation by 2043. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are central to this process, with the fastest rates of population growth nationwide and in many states. Despite the growing importance of AAPI communities, their policy visibility has been limited until recently due to the lack of public awareness and limited data.

Want to know more about what is happening?

Please join us for lunch in Washington DC on May 7, as we mark Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by featuring new policy reports on issues ranging from ACA enrollment and poverty, to voter registration and education disparities.

Many groups will be in attendance, with copies of their recent reports. We will make a brief presentation, followed by lots of time for Q&A and networking. Hope to see you there!