The data invisibility of Asian Americans

By Christine Zhang, Financial Times |

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 survey of white, black, and Latino populations and it’s easy to see why Asians are so often grouped as “other”.