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“It has to stop” – Anti-Asian hatred in the US | Free press

The hatred is evident in a country where racism, especially against blacks, is deeply entrenched – and which until a few months ago had a president who spoke not about the coronavirus but about the ‘China virus’: Donald Trump. Despite allegations of racism, the Republican repeatedly used the term “Kung Flu” for Corona. Trump had...
By mccadmin, The Courier |

Inland Empire a growing hot spot for innovation jobs, survey says

The Center for Social Innovation study showed the Inland Empire with 284,409 innovation postings last year, up 13% in a pandemic year and an 88% jump since 2016. San Bernardino County had 156,942 of these postings, up 16% in a year and 101% since 2016. Riverside County had 127,467 postings, up 9% in a year...
By Jonathan Lansner, The Press Enterprise |

Voice: Now is the time to accelerate the long-term vision for Coachella Valley's economy

Approximately 10 years ago, Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs came together to focus on the economy via entrepreneurship. Today, there are 16 iHubs across the state and that is a credit to Palm Springs vision that gave communities push that did not put entrepreneurship into their plans. "Perseverance and diligence have put...

California loses Congressional seat for first time

Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates for the 2020 U.S. Census. With a population growth "from 37.3 million to 39.5 million residents," California is expected to lose 1 congressional seat for the first time in state history. According to Hans Johnson, a demographer at the Public Policy Institute of California that...
By Ben Christopher |

She couldn't eradicate anti-Asian hate crimes. So she made a handbook on how to fight them

With a series of violent attacks against elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area, some community members became afraid to venture out even for groceries or haircuts. Esther Lim developed booklets titled "How to Report a Hate Crime" in several language in an effort to spread awareness and provide resources for people to call. According...
By Anh Do |

California to lose a congressional seat as Census counts unveiled today

On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau released population counts for the 2020 Census. For the first time in state history, California will lose a congressional seat. By losing a congressional seat, the state will have one less representative for California and will also be impacted in the distribution of funds. "California is one of several...
By Emily Deruy |

California will lose a House seat for the first time, and the scramble is on

California is poised to lose a house seat for the first time in state history. "The announcement Monday was expected after trickling growth in a state with a severe housing shortage and high costs. Redistricting could set off a cascade of decisions if incumbents with less favorable districts decide not to seek reelection" (White). This...
By Jeremy B. White |

Southern California needs to go big on clean technology

Across the U.S. and around the world, there has been successful projects developed to resolve some of the challenging issues that are faced. In Southern California, one of the biggest issues that faces the community and surround regions is the smog pollution. According to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report, "the Los...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, The Sun |

Asian American leaders see ‘a pivotal moment’ for political participation amid rising hate

One of the fastest growing demographic groups that participated in the US Election last year was the Asian population. The AAPI vote grew by about 46% in the 2020 presidential election compared to 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Democratic firm TargetSmart. With the increase in Asian-hate incidents, "politicians and analysts predict they will...
By Jonathan Tamari |

Asian American leaders see ‘a pivotal moment’ for political participation amid rising hate

“This will be a pivotal moment in Asian American political participation for decades to come, where you’re seeing a community getting politically activated in a way they never have been before,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of the research group AAPI Data. The group leans heavily Democratic, but Ramakrishnan said AAPI voters are a “classic persuadable...
By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer |

Census Bureau Announces New Leadership and Members for NAC The U.S. Census Bureau named new leaders and members to its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC)

New NAC members are Brisa Sanchez, Helen Hatab Samhan, Rosemary Rodriguez, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Daniel Lichter, Iheoma Iruka, Florencia Gutierrez, Julio Guity-Guevara, D'Lane Compton, Richard Chang, and Gina Adams. The Census Bureau has announced the new leaders for it's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC). Learn more about about the team and...
By U.S. Census Bureau of the Census |

Film Maker Bong Joon-Ho on Anti-Asian Violence

Joon-Ho’s statement comes from the recent drastic increase in hateful and violent crimes against Asian-Americans, citing a near 150% increase in 2020 according to reports done by NBC News. Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder and director of demographic data and policy research nonprofit AAPI Data, told NBC that while the uptick cannot be entirely attributed to incendiary...
By Angela Hickey, The Tower |

Nearly a third of Asian Americans fear attacks, survey finds

Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder and director of demographic data and policy research nonprofit AAPI Data, told NBC in March that Trump was not the sole reason for the increase in violence and hateful rhetoric against Asians. But Ramakrishnan said the former president’s influence played “an outsized role in terms of shaping the narrative.” “They don't call...
By Adam Barnes, The Hill |

The data invisibility of Asian Americans

Asian Americans are extraordinarily diverse, consisting of more than 48 different ethnicities. Conducting a survey with adequate sample sizes for each of the major subgroups with language support for respondents could cost upwards of $1m, says Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data. Contrast that with the $50,000 he says it costs for a nationally representative...
By Christine Zhang, Financial Times |

How the Inland Empire could win or lose in political redistricting

Another scenario is that Inland districts get merged with L.A. and Orange counties to even out the population in each district. That could help or hurt the Inland Empire, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy and political science and director of the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside. “Generally speaking, if you...
By Jeff Horseman, Press Enterprise |

Will more hate crime laws help #StopAsianHate? Not all Asian Iowans agree

The increase in Asian violence and verbal abuse has prompted many across the country to attend rallies in the U.S. In Iowa, some feel that hate crime bills are not enough to help resolve the issue. According to AAPI Data, Only 30% of Asian Americans and 36% of Pacific Islanders feel very comfortable reporting hate...
By Isabella Rosario, Ames Tribune |

There’s a long, global history to today’s anti-Asian bias and violence

Over the last year, there has been a increased amount of anti-asian violence across the country. But, as author's Kim Yi Dionne, Sarah Hayes and Fulya Felicity Turkmen point out, "‘Foreigners’ have been blamed for disease all the way back to the bubonic plague — and probably beyond." According to a joint survey conducted by...
By Kim Yi Dionne, Sarah Hayes and Fulya Felicity Turkmen |

$100 million pledge aims to support Asian American, Pacific Islander groups

California represents one-third of the nation’s AAPI population, and the biggest AAPI population centers are in Los Angeles and Orange counties, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, chair of the state Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and director of the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside. The Inland Empire is also an important growth...
By Deepa Bharath, The Daily Bulletin |

Black and Asian Americans Stand Together Against Hate Crimes

A recent survey from SurveyMonkey and AAPI Data shows that white supremacy harms people from all racial minorities. The survey finds elevated levels of experiences of hate crime and hate incidents across all communities of color. Among Asian Americans and Latinx surveyed, 27% report experiencing hate crime and hate incidents, higher than the national average...
By Zijia Eleanor Song and Noreen O'Donnell, NBC Philadelphia |

Inland Asian American leaders denounce hate crimes, urge vaccines in town hall meeting

“It’s very traumatizing when we see these (attacks) on an endless loop. It feels like there’s not much hope. But there are so many good Americans and allies of color that have our backs,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, the associate dean of the School of Public Policy at UC Riverside and founder of AAPI Data. “This...
By Allyson Escobar, The Sun |