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‘This is a Do-or-Die Situation’

SACRAMENTO — On Tuesday, the California Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus, Stop AAPI Hate, the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, hate crime survivors, and supporters from 150 leading API and ally organizations took part in a press conference urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to approve a $210 million budget investment to ensure...
By The Rafu Shimpo |

Event: Clean energy future for Southern California

With climate change as a major concern and with the policy priorities of both federal and state government, Southern California is poised to chart a different economic future with clean energy and transportation as the driving force. What do these aspirations look like in practice? What are the key initiatives already underway? What more needs...
By The Editorial Board, The OCR |

Hate crime laws won’t actually prevent anti-Asian hate crimes

Hate incidents and sentiment increased during the Trump administration as he used racist rhetoric and stoked violence toward several groups including Latino Americans, Black Americans, Muslim Americans, and Jewish Americans. In an interview with NBC News, University of California, Riverside political science professor Karthick Ramakrishnan noted that Trump’s racist comments about Latino Americans directly affected...
By Li Zhou, Vox News |

Viral images show people of color as anti-Asian perpetrators. That misses the big picture.

While news reports and social media have perpetuated the idea that anti-Asian violence is committed mostly by people of color, a new analysis shows the majority of attackers are white. Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, released analysis last week that drew on previously published studies on...
By Kimmy Yam, NBC News |

Jobs for our post-pandemic future

Even as the American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill remains mired in Congress, California is poised to pass a much smaller jobs package that nevertheless promises to be a game-changer. In his May Revise budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed $750 million for a Community Economic Resilience Fund that will use federal...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, Redlands Daily Facts |

Opinion: Jobs for our post-pandemic future

Even as the American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill remains mired in Congress, California is poised to pass a much smaller jobs package that nevertheless promises to be a game-changer. In his May Revise budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed $750 million for a Community Economic Resilience Fund that will use federal...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, Press Enterprise |

Asian Americans Feel Continued Anxiety About Racism Even As Pandemic Eases

As U.S. coronavirus numbers fall and vaccinations increase, the nation’s re-opening is proving to be a source of anxiety for many within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A recent AAPI Data survey shows significant fear of discrimination or attacks among the AAPI population. In for Jim Braude, Sue O’Connell was joined by Philip...
By Greater Boston Staff, Greater Boston |

Andrew Yang once said identity politics could 'lose elections.' He's changed his mind.

“The significance of Andrew Yang is simply that he was the first one to run,” Van C. Tran, a sociologist and associate professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, said. Janelle Wong, senior researcher at the data and civic engagement nonprofit AAPI Data, said seeing such images has been linked to “some...
By Kimmy Yam, NBC News |

Number of Asian Americans leading major cities could grow by 3. That's big, advocates say.

Census data shows that New York has by far the largest overall population — 8 million — and the largest population of Asian Americans of any U.S. city, which is estimated at 14 percent, and Boston has a sizable AAPI population at nearly 10 percent. Pureval noted that Cincinnati, which has a population of over...
By Dartunorro Clark, NBC News |

Why the ‘Border Crisis’ is Stalling Immigration Reform

Most Americans think Joe Biden is doing a bad job handling intake of migrants at the U.S. southern border, recent polls show. Conservatives say there’s a “border crisis” that requires ramped up enforcement tactics to deter, surveil, detain and deport migrants. Progressives say the president isn’t upholding his promises to overturn his predecessor’s practices and...
By Angelika Albaladejo, Capital & Main |

City of Coachella Launches Opportunity Coachella!

The City of Coachella Economic Development Office today, Monday, June 7, launches Opportunity Coachella, a business attraction competition and community engagement survey awarding over $15,000 in prizes specific to the city’s Opportunity Zones. The business attraction competition will accept applications from companies of any size seeking to launch, expand, or relocate to the City of...
By Cindy Uken, Uken Report |

Hispanics and the Global Heartland

The Heartland continues to experience an influx of Hispanic immigrant workers, as seen in the last decade. Hispanic populations increased more than three times as fast as the national population from 2010 to 2019 (19.2% compared to 6.1%). The fastest growth was in North Dakota (119%) and South Dakota (61%) and seven states saw growth...
By Karla and Celia López del Río, New Geography |

Asian American, Pacific Islander super PAC pledges to invest millions in Texas Democratic Party

There is still a community of voters that won’t be receptive to some of the more stridently progressive positions that some Democratic candidates will take in 2022 and 2024, Bryant said. He also pointed out that the Asian American bloc of voters, just a couple of decades ago, skewed toward the Republican Party. Republicans even...
By Alex Briseno, The Dallas Morning News |

Asian Americans are patrolling streets across the US to keep their elders safe

Asian Americans have turned their pain and outrage into action in ways big and small, including the foot patrols. In a recent speech, Vice President Kamala Harris urged them to also consider using their political power. “When we saw the targeting, when we’ve seen the hate, when we’ve seen the viciousness of it all, and...
By CNN Newsource |

Nonprofit Group, Our Scholarship, Provides Aid For Southeast Asian Students

Jim Lee, 25, always knew he was going to be an entrepreneur. He had the knowledge and the connections he just needed an idea. Then one day, it hit him, and his first business venture began. Lee had served as a board member for a nonprofit organization, which raised money for Hmong college students. When...
By Ana Martinez-Ortiz, Milwaukee Courier |

Asian Americans are patrolling streets across the US to keep their elders safe

Asian Americans have turned their pain and outrage into action in ways big and small, including the foot patrols. In a recent speech, Vice President Kamala Harris urged them to also consider using their political power. "When we saw the targeting, when we've seen the hate, when we've seen the viciousness of it all, and...
By Nicole Chavez and Jeffrey Kopp, CNN |

Contributions by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders keep the promise of the California dream alive

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing immigrant group in the country, with about 30% living in California. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing immigrant group in the U.S., with nearly a third living in California. In the midst of a surge in hate crimes against the AAPI community, we're highlighting the...
By Jessica Dominguez, ABC 7 News |

Contributions From Asian Americans And Pacific Islanders Keep The California Dream Alive – Fresno, California

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the United States. Almost a third live in California. With the spread of hate crimes in the AAPI community, we are focusing on the many contributions they have made to the Golden State. Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy and public policy at the...
By Erin Reynolds, Central Valley Chronicle |

The Emergence of the Global Heartland

A major shift in the demographic evolution of America is occurring, largely out of sight in the national media, but profoundly affecting communities throughout the Heartland. The 20 state region, which extends between the Appalachians and the Rockies, has for generations been largely unaffected by the massive movement of people from abroad that has so...
By Joel Kotkin, Mark Schill, Karla López del Río, Wendell Cox, Alicia Kurimska, and Celia López del Río |

Indian-Americans recorded highest rate of voting in 2020 polls

In the November 2020 US presidential elections, Indian-Americans reported the highest rate of voting at 71 percent among adult citizens, according to the publisher of demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Japanese Americans came second with 66 percent, an AAPI Data blog reveals. “For Indian-Americans, this was a 9...
By India Post Newspaper |