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Asian Americans are the fastest growing group in the U.S., report finds

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor at the University of California, Riverside, and founder of AAPI Data, said detailed ethnicity data is important to collect since Asians are the only racial group in the country who are majority foreign-born, yielding many differences in language, religion and socioeconomics. “That is not to say the Asian American community is not...
By Vignesh Ramachandran, PBS News |

‘It’s Our Turn’: Asian Americans want a place at the head of the table

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor at University of California, Riverside, and founder of AAPI Data which has carried out significant research and conducted surveys of Asian Americans on various issues of importance, said there was a need for more investments, more research, and more attention being paid to the Asian American community. “In order for the community...
By Ela Dutt, News India Times |

3 survivors of random attacks speak out against anti-Asian violence to 'prevent this from happening again'

Over the last year, there has been a rise in violence towards Asian and Asian-American communities. According to a recent survey conducted by AAPI Data, Asian Americans are the least likely to report hate for various reasons, including fear of retaliation and a desire to avoid attention. As stories about this issue continue to circulate...
By Yi-Jin Yu, Today News |

How the vaccine campaign overlooks Asian Americans

As vaccine rollout continues to expand across the United States, vaccine campaigns are seemingly overlooking groups. According to Tahir and Ravindranath, "Advocates say that could conceal disparities, prevent public health departments from mounting targeted outreach and even exclude some groups from vaccine research." Read more here to learn about the discrepancies and what can be...
By Darius Tahir and Mohana Ravindranath |

New online tool encourages communities of colors to report hate crimes, incidents

A recent survey from AAPI Data, a policy research nonprofit group, found Asian Americans were among the least likely to feel comfortable reporting hate crimes, harassment, and discrimination to authorities. The survey found upwards of 2 million Asian American adults have experienced a hateful incident in the wake of the pandemic. “Hate crimes are traditionally...
By Amanda Brandeis, ABC 7 Denver News |

Opinion: Atlanta shooting brings rise to overdue condemnation against AAPI violence

While deep-rooted, racial motive in the Georgia shooting has not been explored due to the absence of symbolic and/or verbal affirmation, dismissing race as a factor ignores the impact of blaming a race or even a country for the pandemic rather than specific actions or individuals. Instead, the shooting surfaces a long-overdue conversation surrounding anti-Asian...
By Sadie Romero, The Courier |

Redistricting in California Workshop: Mapping, Demographics, & the Law

On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside and California Common Cause hosted a webinar titled Redistricting in California Workshop: Mapping, Demographics, and the Law. District lines have enormous power. Redistricting can keep people with common interests, identity, language, and history bundled together so they can effectively advocate for themselves...
By Center for Social Innovation |

Republicans leverage attention on anti-Asian hate incidents in bid to overturn affirmative action

“This is a cynical use of a moment of real pain to further an agenda that [a majority of] the Asian American community does not even support,” said Janelle Wong, a professor at the University of Maryland and co-founder of AAPI Data, a demographic and policy research operation that conducts polling among Asian American and...
By David Nakamura, The Washington Post |

Asian American political presence grows

The 2020 U.S. Election brought out a high turnout from registered voter participation in the election. Among the groups with a growing presence is the Asian American population. According to Karthick Ramakrishnan, president of AAPI Data, "These are your classic swing voters." According to AAPI Data, At least 158 Asian Americans ran for state legislatures...
By The New York Times |

Amid Awakening, Asian-Americans Are Still Taking Shape as a Political Force

In previous year, the Asian-American population was the least likely to participate in voting. However, in recent years, there has been a growing number of candidates and elected officials entering office. According to Karthick Ramakrishnan, director of AAPI Data. “These immigrants did not grow up in a Democratic household or Republican household. You have a...
By Sabrina Tavernise |

How To Support Your Asian Colleagues Right Now At Work

Living through these traumatic times takes a toll. More than half of Asian Americans who responded to AAPI Data’s 2020 Asian American Voter Survey said they worried somewhat often or very often about experiencing hate crimes, harassment and discrimination because of anti-Asian rhetoric surrounding COVID-19. The trauma, anxiety and fear experienced by people in Asian...
By Monica Torres, HuffPost |

Reckoning with Asian America

This moment of crisis has been building over the past pandemic year. Many consider the recent anti-Asian violence and harassment a consequence of the former Trump administration's “China virus” and “Kung flu” rhetoric. Research shows that Americans exposed to such racist rhetoric are more likely to perceive Asian Americans as foreign and un-American, which can...
By Jennifer Lee & Tiffany J. Huang, Science Magazine |

SoCal Policy Forum to hold climate change virtual conference

The event, titled “Climate Change: Navigating the Challenges of a Perpetual Fire Season,” is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 8, and will feature a keynote speech from Wade Crowfoot, state secretary of natural resources, and a panel discussion on wildfires and climate resilience. Panelists will include state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge)...
By Staff Report, The Press Enterprise |

Survey Shows Anti-Asian Bias Rooted in "Perpetual Foreigner" Stereotype

One in ten Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders reported hate crimes and hate incidents in 2021, according to survey results released by AAPI Data and SurveyMonkey Tuesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports, this rate which is higher than the national average is driven by a specific harmful stereotype. Karthick Ramakrishnan, CEO and Co-Founder of AAPI Data...
By Megan Jamerson, KVCR News |

The Collective Trauma of Anti-Asian Hate: We Talk to 5 Mental Health Experts

And anti-Asian hate does not seem to be abating. AAPI Data released a survey this week in which one in 10 Asian Americans reported a hate incident in just the first few months of 2021. To protect themselves, people are buying pepper spray, Tasers, even guns. Self-defense courses are marketed to Asian American women, with...
By Josie Huang, LAist |

Asian American voter rates in Georgia hit record high. How voting bill threatens progress.

While new data shows Asian Americans had record turnout in Georgia in the last election, a new law that restricts voting in the state threatens their participation in the political process, particularly at a time when they also have the highest rates of absentee voting, critics say. With a high immigrant population, Asian Americans face...
By Kimmy Yam, NBC News |

Asian Americans are least likely to report hate incidents, new research shows

The survey, released Tuesday by AAPI Data, a policy and research nonprofit group, showed that Asian Americans have experienced hate incidents at a significantly higher percentage than the general population, but are also among the least likely to say they are “very comfortable” reporting hate crimes to authorities. “What our data show is that upwards...
By Kimmy Yam, NBC News |

Joe Biden takes action against ‘horrific violence and xenophobia’ towards Asian-Americans

US President Joe Biden took new actions on Tuesday to push back against a recent wave of violent, racist attacks on Asian-Americans, according to the White House. “Across our nation, an outpouring of grief and outrage continues at the horrific violence and xenophobia perpetrated against Asian-American communities, especially Asian-American women and girls,” said a White...
By Jacob Fromer, South China Morning Post |

San Francisco Man Who Threatened Asian Woman In Bakery Arrested For Hate Crime

Ten percent of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander adults report having experienced hate crimes and hate incidents in the first three months of this year, according to a study by AAPI Data, a policy and research nonprofit group. That is a rate of 6% higher than the national average, the group said. "With about 18...
By Vanessa Romo, GPB |

Taiwan condemns anti-Asian violence in U.S., warns citizens to be on alert

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday condemned the recent rise in racism and hate crimes targeting people of Asian descent in the United States and called on Taiwanese nationals in the U.S. to stay alert. Karthick Ramakrishnan, director of the demographic data and policy research nonprofit group AAPI Data...
By Joseph Yeh, Focus Taiwan CNA English News |