Face to Face: SPLC President Margaret Huang strengthens ties with Asian American journalists at informal D.C. gathering

By Rhonda Sonnenberg |

As Huang noted, the AAPI population is the fastest-growing in the nation. Huang herself is the daughter of a Chinese immigrant father and a white mother whose family has been in the U.S. for many generations. 

Between 2000 and 2019, this demographic grew 81%, significantly more than the 70% increase among the Latinx community, according to the Pew Research Center. In the 2020 presidential election, voting among Asian Americans rose from just under 50% in 2016 to almost 60% in 2020. That was the second-highest percentage increase for any racial or ethnic group in the country, according to an AAPI Data blog, surpassed only by Pacific Islander Americans, who voted in numbers 14% higher – rising from about 41% in 2016 to 56% in 2020.

AAJA journalists in attendance at the event represented news outlets including The Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy News, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and AARP podcast.

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