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The January Democratic debate, like the slate of Oscar nominees, will be very, very white

The way that candidates handle their performances at Tuesday’s date could further illustrate their ability to address a wide-ranging Democratic electorate — or highlight the limitations they still have in doing so. “You’re not losing white voters by having a diverse debate stage, you might lose minority voters by not having a diverse debate stage,”...

In the news:Could Democrats’ path to White House run through Inland Empire?

“It’s no exaggeration to say that (the Inland Empire and Central Valley) could determine the winner of the California primaries,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, a UC Riverside political science and public policy professor, wrote in a commentary posted on CNN.com . Billionaire and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg visited Riverside on Sunday, Jan. 5, to...

NBC News: Andrew Yang now leading in Asian American donations

Research by CSI Researcher Stephanie DeMora and Karthick Ramakrishnan on Asian American campaign contributions featured in NBC News article. Read more here

The Decade in Asian America

Karthick Ramakrishnan quoted in this decade-in-review article, offers perspectives on the growth in Asian American community activism during the 2010s, and prospects for the future. Read more here

Tsunami of young and Latino voters in the Inland Empire

Front-page article in the Press-Enterprise, Sun, and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin featuring our State of Civic Engagement report and perspectives from our community partners. Read more here

Andrew Yang Is Onstage, but Offstage, Asian-Americans Wonder Where They Fit In

New York Times article quoting Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan and featuring data and insights from AAPI Data, which publishes demographic data and policy research about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Read more here

Andrew Yang will be the only candidate of color on stage in the sixth Democratic debate

Vox article by Li Zhou with commentary by Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan on presidential candidate Andrew Yang being the only person of color on the stage at the November 19, 2019 presidential debate. Read more here

CNN Op-ed: Any path to Democratic victory runs through this part of California

CNN op-ed by Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan, discussing the reasons why presidential candidates should spend a lot more time and effort in the Central Valley and Inland Empire. Read more here

Asian American and Pacific Islander voters may soon face potential shift in political power: Experts

ABC News article by Alisa Wiersema with commentary by Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan on potential shift in political power for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the nation's fastest growing– and often politically overlooked– ethnic group. Read more here

PE op-ed on Civic Engagement in the Inland Empire

Press-Enterprise op-ed by Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan discussing growth in Latinx and youth turnout in the Inland Empire, as well as the ways that Census outreach is positioning the region for even stronger civic engagement in the future. Read more here

Hasan Minhaj highlights fact that politicians don't reach out to Asian Americans

Article by Kimmy Yam with commentary by Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan on politicians failure to appeal to the Asian American electorate. Read more here

San Luis Obispo faces legal threat over at-large elections

Article cites research by Loren Collingwood and colleagues at the University of California, Riverside, showing a 20% boost in Latinx representation in cities that switched from at-large to district systems. Read more here

Asians in California don't believe hard work and determination alone equal success

Regardless of the numerous challenges AAPI in the state face , the majority, 62 percent, continue to believe in the American dream, as defined as “if you work hard, you will get ahead.” The group is relatively more hopeful, compared to overall Californians, 47 percent of whom believe the American dream still holds true today....

Shooting deaths rattle small, tight-knit US Hmong community

Arias was an aide in Congress in the 2000s when he was tasked with helping relocate a last wave of Hmong refugees from Thailand. He worked with the elders, who serve as the community’s spiritual and cultural leaders and who fought in the Vietnam War. The Hmong community in Fresno has flourished, Arias said, with...

Survey shows Asian ‘two Californias,’ with one in four struggling with poverty

The Asian American and Pacific Islander community is fastest-growing among other racial group in the U.S. , growing over four times as rapidly as the total U.S. population. They make up close to 15 percent of the California’s resident population, the AAPI Data report states. Ethnic groups lumped together under the “Asian” umbrella perpetuates the...

Texas lawmaker abandons reelection bid after saying opponents running because they’re ‘Asian’

Washington Post article by Kim Bellware and Deanna Paul with commentary by Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan on Texas state lawmaker who lost the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott after making comments focusing on his opponents' ethnicity. Read more here

Indian Americans Have the Power to Send Pete Buttigieg to the White House

Although any Democrat would be a vast improvement over Trump, Mayor Pete (as he is popularly known) is more articulate than Joe Biden, more business-friendly than Bernie Sanders, and more flexible on health care coverage options than Elizabeth Warren. According to a 2018 report by APIA Vote and AAPI Data, only 28 percent of Indian...

A Closer Look at Fresno’s Hmong Community

That’s still a tiny portion of the overall Asian-American population — particularly in California. According to A.A.P.I. Data , a group that tracks demographics of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, there are 94,454 Hmong people in California compared with more than 1.4 million Chinese people. But Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of U.C. Riverside’s School of Public...

Even new stakeholders need realistic objectives: Roger Ruvolo

In considering whether these Inland leaders are on the right track, we can examine what they’re saying about the state and our region and evaluate that against what we know empirically. Inland supporters of the “state’s-our-buddy” view praise Regions Rise Together, an initiative of Gov. Gavin Newsom, and other organizations such as Inland California Rising,...

Here’s how UC Riverside is preparing for the 2020 census

In 2010, during the last decennial population count, nearly one in four Inland Empire households didn’t mail back their census questionnaire. What’s more, another 40,000 people throughout the region didn’t receive a questionnaire by mail at all. Why does this matter? Because undercounted regions miss out on vital federal and state funding, hindering potential growth...