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Infographic – Concerns about Immigration Status among AAPI Californians (2019)
Infographic – Percentage of Asian Americans with Limited English Proficiency (2017)
Voting Rights Act Coverage Update (2016)
Advancing Justice AAJC, NALEO, NARF (2016)

On December 5, 2016, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau issued a notice of determination identifying the jurisdictions subject to the language assistance provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.
50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The Asian American Perspective (2015)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (2015) On the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC issues this report to highlight the importance of the VRA in protecting and promoting the emerging Asian American vote.
Limited English Proficient Asian Americans (2010)
Social Science and Medicine (2010)

This study evaluated the impact of threshold language policy on Vietnamese, Cantonese, Hmong, and Cambodian limited English proficiency persons' use of public mental health services in California.
The Battle Over Bilingual Ballots (2009)
Routledge (2009)

The 'bilingual ballot' provisions of the Voting Rights Act, enacted in 1965 and expanded a decade later to remove language barriers to voting by prohibiting English-only elections in certain jurisdictions, remain a subject of intense debate in election law and American politics.
Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience (2006)
Rutgers University Press (2006)

In Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience, Angelo N. Ancheta demonstrates how United States civil rights laws have been framed by a black-white model of race that typically ignores the experiences of other groups, including Asian Americans.
English language proficiency and lifetime mental health service utilization (2010)
Journal of Public Health (2010)

The aim of this study was to examine the predictors of lifetime mental health service use in relation to English language proficiency among Asian Americans.
State of AAPIs: Language Diversity and English Proficiency (2014)
Center for American Progress and AAPI Data (2014)

An important feature of Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, communities is their language diversity and variations in their levels of English proficiency across groups.
Parent-Adolescent Langauge Use (2000)
Journal of Marriage and Family (2000)

This study examined differences in the quality of relationships between immigrant parents and their adolescent children as a function of the languages with which they speak to one another.
Limited English Proficiency (2005)
American Journal of Public Health (2005) This article examined the relationship between ability to speak English and receipt of Papanicolaou tests, clinical breast examinations, and mammography in a multiethnic group of women in the United States.
Associations Between Racial Discrimination (2010)
American Journal of Public Health (2010)

This article examined the association of racial discrimination and limited English proficiency with health-related quality of life among Asian Americans in California.
APALC Report on California (2013)
APALC Report on California (2013) In 2010, almost 1.7 million Asian Americans in California were limited English proficient (LEP), an 11% increase since 2000; over one-third of Asian Americans statewide are LEP.
L.A. Speaks (2009)
APALC Report on California (2009)

Nearly one in three residents, or nearly 3.5 million persons, were born outside the United States and a majority of Los Angeles County residents speak a language other than English at home: 38% or3.3 million speak Spanish and 11% or 925,000 speak an Asian or Pacific Islander language.