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Political Organization At An All-Time High In Austin’s Asian American Community

Eligible Asian American voters in Texas are more politically organized than ever before and are poised to make an impact this election. Rapid growth in this population, policies of the current government and the 2020 Census may have contributed to the group’s active participation in this election cycle and possibly continued political dialog after Nov...
By Sumaiya Malik |

Record Asian American turnout helped Biden win Georgia. Can it help flip the Senate?

When Long Tran, a liberal organizer of Vietnamese descent, hosted a meet-and-greet for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff in early 2017, he was hoping in part to engage more Asian Americans like himself in politics. Not a single other Asian person showed up to his event. Nearly four years later, that has dramatically changed. Georgia’s hand...
By Amy B Wang |

IE Black Equity Fund launches Black Friday Giving Campaign

The IE Black Equity Fund is launching an online giving campaign Friday, Nov. 27, that will run until Tuesday, Dec. 1, which is Giving Tuesday. Money raised will benefit more than 40 organizations that are addressing inequities in the Inland Empire. These organizations focus on issues including higher education, youth empowerment, criminal justice reform and...
By REBECCA K. O'CONNOR |

The challenge of combating fake news in Asian American communities

Less than a week after Election Day, a spreadsheet titled “Battling Asian American Misinformation” began circulating in progressive Asian American social media circles, primarily among those of Vietnamese and Chinese descent. The most popular YouTube channels flagged on the spreadsheet accumulated hundreds of thousands of subscribers, in which pundits discussed misleading claims about election fraud...
By Terry Nguyen |

Asian American unemployment is surging during the pandemic

The economic impact of the pandemic on Asian Americans is unusual because historically their unemployment rates have been very low—even lower than those of white Americans. In December 2019, when the overall unemployment rate was 3.5%, Asian American unemployment hovered at just 2.5%. “It’s especially notable because among Asian Americans, the average unemployment rate was...
By PAVITHRA MOHAN |

Leaders, Researchers Discuss Outreach, Advocacy Of AAPI Electorate Beyond 2020

In other words, a majority of people were motivated to vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, not because they support his specific promises and policies, but because they were more inclined to get Trump out of office, according to Karthick Ramakrishnan, public policy and political science professor at UC Riverside and founder of the research...
By KLARIZE MEDENILLA |

Political Scientists Look At Santa Clara’s Landmark 2020 City Council Election

Santa Clara’s experience in its first by-district election is typical, although the number of minority representatives in Santa Clara isn’t, according to Loren Collingwood, UC Riverside Associate Professor of Political Science. Collingwood is the co-author of the first statistical study specifically of CVRA impacts, “Can States Promote Minority Representation? Assessing The Effects Of The California...
By Carolyn Schuk |

Sacramento health chief calls Asians ‘yellow’ + CAPIAA hires Hmong director: Your AAPI newsletter

It is Thursday, Nov. 19, and this is The Sacramento Bee’s AAPI weekly newsletter. Here’s a recap of the stories I’ve covered and ones I’m following: Sacramento County health chief Dr. Peter Beilenson used the term “yellow folks,” considered a racial slur, to refer to Asians during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday declaring racism...
By Ashley Wong |

Hmong organizer sworn in as California APIA Affairs Commission’s first executive director

Longtime Sacramento community organizer Nkauj Iab Yang was sworn in Monday as the first executive director of the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs. Born in Del Paso Heights to Hmong refugee parents, Yang has more than 10 years of experience in community organizing and policy advocacy for Sacramento’s AAPI community. Yang most...
By ASHLEY WONG |

Making history: Three Korean American women, two representing California, win seats in Congress

National exit polls showed that Asian Americans backed Joe Biden over President Trump. Political analysts say there are lessons in the wins by Steel and Kim, which came even though Biden beat Trump in Orange County, and after years of outreach by local Republicans to Asian communities. “It looked like they were taking Asian votes...
By ANH DO |

What we know about who Asian American voters supported in the election

Asian Americans — one of the deciding groups in key battleground states this cycle — voted predominately for President-elect Joe Biden, according to early exit polls. In a CNN survey, 61 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters backed Biden compared to 34 percent who supported President Donald Trump. In the critical swing...
By Li Zhou |

Claim Us If You're Famous

"DEMBY: Karthick is great. I feel like interviewing Karthick is kind of a rite of passage because every one at CODE SWITCH has done so at this point. He's the director of AAPI Data, which does public opinion polling and research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders." READ/LISTEN HERE
By CODE SWITCH |

In the News: Misled and misinformed: Why Vietnamese voters make up the largest Asian demographic in favor of Trump

"Historically, most Asian American voters tend to vote “blue,” and many Asian Americans found themselves voting for Joe Biden for this year’s election. By most, I mean every Asian group aside from Vietnamese voters. A recent poll survey done by advocacy groups — AAPI Data, APIA Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice — in September...
By Hana Dao, The Stanford Daily |

In the News: ‘Who would have thought?’: Kamala Harris’ win sparks joy in Bay Area Indian community

"Hamilton and many other Bay Area Indian Americans felt giddy this weekend as they recognized flickers of themselves in the new vice president. Harris, whose father is Jamaican and whose mother is from Tamil Nadu in India, did not tout her Indian roots during the campaign as much as she did her background as a...
By Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle |

Common ground in these polarized times

A head of state prematurely declaring victory, then alleging widespread voter fraud and refusing to concede. Businesses boarding up, concerned about post-election violence, and armed activists threatening the work of elections officials. These kinds of scenes, so familiar in far-away authoritarian regimes, are unfortunately playing out in the United States today. For example, Thursday in...
By KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN & GARY RETTBERG |

In the News: Asian Americans voted for Biden 63% to 31%, but the reality is more complex

Asian American voters heavily favored Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, early exit polls indicate. The NBC News Exit Poll of early and Election Day voters indicated that 63 percent of Asian American voters across the country voted for Biden. A minority of the group voted for Trump, at 31 percent. Janelle...
By Kimmy Yam, NBC News |

In the News: Kamala Harris Makes California History

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been elected president of the United States. His vice president will be Senator Kamala Harris. Her rise to the highest office in the nation ever occupied by a woman has been full of historic milestones: the first Black woman to become San Francisco’s and then California’s top prosecutor, the second...
By Jill Cowan, The New York Times |

Harris smashing glass ceiling is victory for women of color

While Reynolds said Harris’s election demonstrates progression, she noted that former President Obama’s election “didn’t end racism” and that Harris’s win “won’t end racism or sexism.” Karthick Ramakrishnan, the director and founder of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Data, predicted there will be a “Harris effect” that will inspire more people of color and...
By MARTY JOHNSON AND JUSTINE COLEMAN |

In the News: Kamala Harris' VP win marks 'powerful, emotional' moment for African American and South Asian-American women

Experts and activists from both communities predicted that Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, would rally minority voters and keep them engaged in the political process. Since her nomination, Harris received an outpouring of support from Indian Americans and African Americans... Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political science professor at the University of...
By N'dea Yancey-Bragg, South Coast Today |

In the News: The Historic Barriers Kamala Harris Overcame to Become the First Female, First Black and First Asian American Vice President-Elect

"It was not until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965—which, after years of work by civil rights activists, outlawed discriminatory voting practices and offered equal opportunity for all members of the electorate “to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice”—that Black women could actually count on the...
By Anna Purna Kambhampaty and Cady Lang, Time |