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In the News: As Nevada caucuses near, Asian Americans in valley ready to flex political strength

Asian Americans have the lowest rate of civic participation, just under Latino voters, according to the Pew Research Center. Language and cultural barriers contribute in the lack outreach, causing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voters to either be under informed or totally unaware of the political process entirely, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a University of California,...
By Kelcie Grega |

In the News: Should N.H. Still Be First In The Nation? Some Voters There Say It's Time For A Change

The Globe editorial board opted not to endorse any candidate ahead of the New Hampshire primary, and is calling instead for a rotating cast of more diverse states to vote first... The Globe editorial board is also calling for several states to vote simultaneously on the first primary day, thereby defusing the symbolic power and...
By Bob Oakes and Wilder Fleming |

In the News: How Andrew Yang Handled His Asian-American Identity on the Campaign Trail

When asked if he thought race was a reason Andrew Yang lasted longer than other candidates and if the #YangGang was diverse, Matt Stevens at New York Times response was that the Yang Gang certainly became diverse, both racially and ideologically. He attracted Trump voters and Bernie Sanders supporters and everyone in between. Research from...
By Adeel Hassan |

In the News: Democratic candidates take on Asian American Pacific Islander issues in Twitter town hall

The virtual town hall — which was hosted by nonprofits Asian Pacific Islander American Vote, Asian American Journalists Association, AAPI Data, and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans — marked the first of its kind to require Democratic candidates to answer to the AAPI constituency. Many social media users noted that the event was...
By Kimmy Yam |

In the News: Why the Fastest Growing Population in America Is The Least Likely to Fill Out the Census

In a survey, Asian-Americans reported a lower likelihood of filling out their census forms than any other demographic group. They are also the least familiar with the census, on average, and the most worried that their information will be used against them, according to a Census Bureau report . The number of Asian-Americans grew by...
By John Eligon |

In the News: Elizabeth Warren announces plan to help low-income, diverse Asian American communities

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts released a plan Thursday that would potentially help low-income and other underserved Asian Americans. Some federal agencies, but not all, currently collect and publish data on Asian Americans as a whole. The Obama administration had issued a guidance that agencies should collect and publish data that are...
By Kimmy Yam |

In the News: Andrew Yang's run is over, but its significance for Asian Americans will linger, experts say

After tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang ended his Democratic presidential campaign on Tuesday night, many experts said his run was a culturally significant moment for Asian Americans. “Andrew Yang is just the latest casualty of a nominating system that is unrepresentative of the country, and of the Democratic Party,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of AAPI Data, said....
By Don Howard and Shaw San Liu |

In the News: Research on Asian American workers shows the myth of the ‘model minority’

A recent report digs deeper into the experiences and perspectives of California’s AAPI workers. The James Irvine Foundation commissioned AAPI Data and the Public Religion Research Institute to survey AAPI communities in seven languages. The numbers are telling: Nearly four in 10 (38%) AAPI workers in California struggle with poverty. Hmong and Native Hawaiian and...
By Dawn Howard and Shaw San Liu |

In the News: Campaigns ramp up Asian American Pacific Islander voter outreach during Lunar New Year

NBC News touches on the importance of AAPI data discussing, According to a 2018 study by AAPI Data, the Asian American vote has nearly doubled within the last decade, from around 2 million voters in 2000 to 5 million voters, or 3.7 percent of the total voting population, in 2016. A report from the Center...

In the News: Andrew Yang blunts Republican appeal for some Asian Americans

The KCRW published a podcast hosted by Madeleine Brand with guest Karthick Ramakrishnan, political-science professor at UC Riverside and Director of the Center for Social Innovation. They speak on presidential hopeful Andrew Yang addressed his supporters in Iowa on Monday night. LISTEN HERE

In the News: How Andrew Yang Quieted the Asian American Right

The Atlantic highlights Andrew Yang, the 45-year-old entrepreneur and political newbie who is also among the most successful Asian Americans to ever run for president. With the high level of support that Yang is getting from Asian voters, he has quieted the vocal conservative Asian American contingent that had been pulling the community to the...

In the News: Rep. Aguilar Hosts 2020 Census Solutions Workshop

The event held in San Bernardino hosted representatives from dozens of local organizations involved in the census. Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan is a professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside and director of the Inland Empire Census Complete Count Committee. He says the Inland Empire is considered “hard to count”...

In the News: Why Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn’t go first in the primaries anymore

Iowa and New Hampshire, two states widely seen as setting the tone for the presidential primary, have one major thing in common: They’re extremely white. Both states' populations are roughly 90 percent white — a stark contrast with both the country, which is 60 percent white, and the Democratic Party’s base, nearly 40 percent of...

In the News: AAPI Data releases mapping tool for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial groups in the country, and the 2020 census is expected to reflect continued rapid population gains among these populations. Yet at the same time, the U.S. Census Bureau’s research has shown Asian Americans are the racial group least familiar with the census, as well as those...

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...

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,...

Quality of life and racial equity are Inland values, too: Karthick Ramakrishnan

I had the privilege of spending a few days in Fresno this past week, to learn about the important and inspiring work happening in the city. According to research by the Urban Institute, Fresno ranks 59th out of 59 cities in California when it comes to racial disparities in economic outcomes. But the city is...