Historic Quad-Partisan Presidential Election Forum Highlights Rising Influence of AAPI Vote

Bill Clinton, Sean Reyes, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein Aim to Win Votes From Fastest Growing Racial Group

LAS VEGAS – On Friday, Hillary Clinton surrogate and former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump surrogate and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein addressed more than 2,500 journalists and community leaders in the largest gathering of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the history of presidential campaign cycles.  

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), with 40 partner organizations, hosted this historic Presidential Election Forum in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, an election battleground state where nearly one in ten residents is AAPI.

“From Southeast Asia to the Indian subcontinent to Native Hawaiians, the AAPI community represents a heritage and history that spans the globe,” said APIAVote founding board member Daphne Kwok. “A recognition that this community is the lifeblood of our nation was cemented this week, as top campaign officials not only defined what AAPI meant to them personally, but also advanced discussions around how policies proposals from immigration and education to national security and trade are being focused on to empower the collective prospects of AAPIs across the country.”

During the forum, Rock the Vote announced its “Power Up” campaign, in partnership with APIAVote and youth organizations, focused on getting young AAPIs to vote. Congressman Mike Honda stated that 7,000 17-year-olds turn 18 every day. He also emphasized the power of AAPI voters to determine winners, particularly in six swing states and 85 congressional districts that are 10 percent AAPI.

AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the country, expected to grow from 20 million to more than 50 million by 2060. The rising influence of the AAPI community is evident in the past two election cycles, where the AAPI vote has been an important factor in election outcomes in key battleground states. In many of these states, the AAPI voter population either equaled or exceeded the margin of victory in previous presidential elections.

Congresswoman Judy Chu, who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), pointed out that in 2010, Nevada Senator Harry Reid won re-election in a tight race with the support of nearly four in five AAPI voters who made up four percent of the electorate.

Data from APIAVote’s 2016 State Factsheets show that nearly half of all registered Asian American voters identify education (48%), healthcare (47%), national security (47%), and jobs (45%) as extremely important to how they cast their ballot — issues that the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green Party representatives addressed in the forum. This same block of eligible AAPI voters also represents vital margins in swing states across the country, holding the key to determining the winner of the Presidential election.

  • Arizona: 146,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 3% of the electorate
  • Florida: 372,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 2.5% of the electorate
  • Michigan: 145,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 1.8% of the electorate
  • Minnesota: 136,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 3.1% of the electorate
  • Nevada: 177,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 9% of the electorate
  • North Carolina: 136,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 1.8% of the electorate
  • Ohio: 127,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 1.3% of the electorate
  • Pennsylvania: 223,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 2.1% of the electorate
  • Virginia: 310,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 5% of the electorate

The historic forum plays a vital role in educating this segment of the electorate, ultimately empowering them to vote on Election Day and elevating their representative profile among national campaigns, voter mobilization programs, and global media outlets.

To access high-resolution photos from the event, visit here.

To access APIAVote’s 2016 State Factsheets, visit here.

A Word document press release can downloaded here.

APIAVote Presidential Town Hall on July 21

Join the conversation on Twitter with #apiatownhall. If you are unable to attend a viewing party, a livestream will be available. Watch the hashtag for details.

Thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders and voters will participate in a presidential town hall forum sponsored by APIAVote at George Mason University in Northern Virginia on Saturday, July 21, at 3 p.m. ET.

Both President Obama and Governor Romney’s presidential campaigns have confirmed their participation. MSNBC anchor Richard Lui will moderate the forum while DNC Vice Chair Rep. Mike Honda represents Obama for America and former Rep. Tom Davis represents Mitt Romney for President.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the nation, according to recent Census figures, and close elections in important states like Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina and Florida could go to candidates who best engage the group. Presidential town hall viewing events are scheduled in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

APIAVote executive director Christine Chen urged political leaders across the country to pay attention the demographic with increasing political clout.

“Asian American and Pacific Islander voters are still largely untapped by presidential candidates and their parties even though they are expected to vote in record numbers this fall,” said Chen. “Candidates and parties ignore Asian American voters at their own peril.”

President Obama addressed hundreds of minority leaders at the APAICS gala dinner in the nation’s capital and the NALEO conference in Florida this year. Governor Romney addressed minority leaders at the NAACP and NALEO conferences. Vice President Biden addressed minority voters at the NCLR conference in Nevada and also addressed the NAACP’s gathering.

Read more details here.

Advancing Justice Organizations React to High Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

The following is text from a release issued by the Advancing Justice organizations:

The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice)—Asian American Institute (AAI), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)—praises the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). With a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA is constitutional, but the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is limited. Enacted in 2010, the ACA is designed to provide health insurance coverage to 32 million currently uninsured Americans. The constitutionality of the ACA was challenged in a series of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court’s decision reaffirms our nation’s effort for comprehensive health care reform and to address $43 billion in uncompensated health care annually.

“We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of AAJC. “We can now move forward with the hard work of implementing the law and ensuring access to health care for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act will greatly benefit close to 2.5 million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders across the country who will be eligible for health coverage for the first time by January 1, 2014. In addition, one in ten Asian Americans and one in eight NHPIs will gain health coverage through the Medicaid expansion alone.”

While some people are unaware of the current benefits under the ACA, thousands of Americans have already benefited from the law. Already more than 97,000 Asian American and Pacific Islanders up to age 26 have been able to be covered through their parent’s health insurance and more than 2.7 million Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) have received free preventive services from their current health plans since the passage of the ACA in March 2010. The Asian American and NHPI communities suffer from health disparities, such as higher uninsured rates and increased rates of chronic conditions, including cancer, hepatitis B, asthma, and diabetes. Currently under the ACA, insurance companies are prohibited from discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions like chronic diseases. These protections will be extended to adults in 2014. The ACA provides a foundation for a more equitable health care system that provides affordable, quality health insurance for millions of people.

“We commend the Court for supporting the responsibility of government to address access to health care and to reduce health disparities in the U.S. Today’s decision means that for a state like California, with the largest Asian American and NHPI population, more than 600,000 uninsured Asian Americans and NHPI will gain access to needed health care because they will be insured,” said Doreena Wong, project director of APALC’s health access project.

AAJC and APALC joined amicus curiae briefs in support of the ACA. Over 140 amicus briefs were filed at the U.S. Supreme Court, setting an all-time record.

When Words Fail: Careful Framing Needed in Research on Asian Americans


Karthick Ramakrishnan published his commentary about the Pew report on Asian Americans on Hyphen’s website. Karthick is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

Sometimes, a two-page press release can have greater impact on race relations in the United States than an entire report. That certainly seemed to be the case last week, when the Pew Research Center put out a 215-page report on the growing importance of Asian Americans.

The report had many commendable aspects, including presenting new data on the six largest Asian American groups, adding to our knowledge from past demographic studies and surveys. It presented a trove of graphs, maps, and tables for the largest national-origin groups. Unfortunately, it also prioritized questions asked of Asian Americans — regarding their parenting styles and their own stereotypes about Americans — that seemed more concerned with Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother than with the priorities of Asian Americans themselves, either as revealed in past surveys or as articulated by organizations serving those communities. And the demographic analysis did not adequately cover national origin groups whose economic outcomes are far less promising.

More concerning than the Pew report, however, was the sensationalist headline on the press release that introduced the study to news media …

Read Karthick’s full commentary on hyphenmagazine.com.

AALDEF’s Khin Mai Aung on WBAI Radio

Khin Mai Aung, the Director, Educational Equity Project, at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund was on WBAI, a Pacifica radio station in New York City, discussing the Pew report on Asian Americans. Will post a link to the audio file if one becomes available.

UPDATE: Here’s the audio file.


Colorlines.com: ‘Asian Americans Respond to Pew’

Great article by Julianne Hing on colorlines.com out this morning.

Karthick Ramakrishnan broke it down the best I think:

Numbers without context don’t help readers understand what kind of meaning they should place on the information they’re given, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political scientist at the University of California, Riverside. Ramakrishnan served on Pew’s advisory council, but alongside other members of the board, has raised concerns about the report’s narrative framing.

“What’s really unfortunate is you have studies done by Asian Americans that are very rigorous that get no attention,” he said, citing the National Asian American Survey and Advancing Justice’s 2011 study “Community of Contrast” (PDF), which aggressively dig in to the nuances and diversity of the community. “And then you have an organization like Pew that has a lot of credibility on other things that gets instant recognition.”

Read the full article.

AAJA: Pew Report Points to Need for Newsroom Diversity

The following text is from a press release issued today by AAJA:

The Pew Research Center just released a ground-breaking report on the growth of the Asian American community in the United States.

Several groups representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have expressed concern that the Pew analysis reinforces “model minority” stereotypes, especially as it pertains to education. The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) shares these concerns, which is why we believe that newsrooms need more AAPI journalists to effectively interpret studies like Pew’s report and to present accurate and fair information to the public.

The study says Asian Americans are the fastest-growing minority group in the country: 5.8 percent of the nation’s population, up from less than 1 percent in 1965, when the modern immigration wave from Asia began.

Yet a recent survey by the American Society of News Editors showed that overall newsroom representation by journalists of color, including Asian Americans, fell for the fourth consecutive year.

Pew found that Asian Americans have the highest incomes and most education among all racial groups in the United States, the type of audience that newsrooms typically covet.

“Pew’s research reinforces the importance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as a segment our society that newsrooms need to pay attention to,” said AAJA National President Doris Truong. “It was disappointing to see a lack of diverse perspectives — especially from major news networks — in covering this story. AAJA is well positioned to help hiring managers find talented journalists who can connect with increasingly diverse communities.”

Without the benefit of diverse voices to help educate within the newsroom, some news organizations risk losing credibility with their audience. Not only is diversity in hiring the right thing to do because it mirrors the changing complexion of our nation’s cities, it makes economic sense. Hiring journalists who can speak to a 21st-century audience — one in which people of color will be the majority — allows news organizations to remain relevant.

The Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 1,500 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA’s mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists, along with the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For more information about AAJA, visit www.aaja.org.

Prof. Larry Shinagawa: ‘Pew Research Study Very Problematic and Prone to Generalities and Stereotypes’

Prof. Larry Shinagawa, Associate Professor of the American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, posted this today on Facebook:

For such a reputable and highly regarded institution, I am surprised and extremely dismayed by the stereotyping, pandering to popular culture imagery (e.g., Tiger Mom, Priscilla Chan/Mark Zuckerberg), out-of-date simplistic social theorizing (assimilation theory), perpetuation of the model minority myth, selective sampling, and one-dimensional monolithic treatment of Asian Americans that neglects their tremendous diversity.

The Pew Report begins with: “Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.” This monolithic wordage diminishes the great diversity among Asian Americans and hides behind the moniker of model minority success significant sections of the AA population that live in poverty, have less education, have difficulty regaining jobs, experience higher rates of real estate loss, and who experience significant barriers toward career and educational advancement beyond entry-level.

Moreover, the AA population is generally bi-modal in its socioeconomic characteristics and this has been significantly downplayed in this research with no obvious explanation. Numerous studies have shown this bimodality and have cautioned against simplistic monolithic statements like those made by Pew. Fist year graduate students are admonished not to use the mean or average to simply describe a population, and are advised to to use other indicators and measures to describe populations accurately. Unfortunately, Pew has forgotten this cardinal rule of research summaries and have gone for sensationalism and press bites.

While there is much to be admired about the report, I am extremely dissatisfied with this report’s blinders of never using qualifiers. It would have been fine to say that the report focuses on seven major groups of AAs, but to say that AAs are a high income, high education, and fast-growing population is to be inaccurate, at best. Significant omissions include the very much lower education and higher poverty rates experienced by many Southeast AAs, neglect for poverty and income disparity indicators, and few measures of barriers to admission, promotion, and advancement. Instead of exploring barriers, this study states that only 13 percent of AAs say that discrimination is a “major problem for them.”

One other problem is its pitting of groups against one another. The press release blares, “Asian OVERTAKE Hispanics in New Immigrant Arrivals; SURPASS U.S. Public in Valuing Marriage, Parenthood, Hard Work (Emphasis mine).” Why OVERTAKE? Why not AAs now experience the highest levels of immigration to the U.S.? Why SURPASS? Compared towhom? Why use such battle words and simplistic comparison words when more factual words would be more accurate and without judgment? Unfortunately, I fear, the PEW report is biased toward advancing a model minority imagery that pits Asian Americans against one another and against other groups. It perpetuates outdated images of their “traditional” family values, “right” values, and “unchanging” conservative social attitudes.

Imagine if any community was described as being “the highest income, best educated, and fastest-growing population. AAs are more satisfied than the general public with their own lives and the nation’s direction, and they place a higher value on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success.” I imagine many members would at first take initial pride over that statement, but soon they would wonder if that characterization fits their own experiences or other members of their community. I would guess that they would find the imagery belies the great diversity within their group. They would wonder why such a statement is made, for what purposes, and who does it serve? They would who would be hurt and nelected in their community because of this great oversimplification.

It is my great wish that further research will be conducted in the near future that explores in a more nuanced fashion the great diversity of conditions and experiences facing Asian Americans. This Pew study is not one of them, although it had a wonderful and very rare opportunity to have been so. Now Asian Americans and those concerned about Asian Americans must continue to endeavor to advance scholarship that is community-informed and community-relevant. I am confident that this will happen in the near future.

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu Comments on Pew Report

The following text is from a press release issued today by CAPAC:

Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement about the Pew Research Center’s new report entitled The Rise of Asian Americans:

“Today, the Pew Research Center released a report that highlights some of the positive trends of the six largest subgroups within the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. As the fastest growing demographic in the U.S., these findings reinforce the fact that Asian Pacific Americans are a rising force that cannot be ignored.

“However, as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I would strongly caution against using this data to validate the “model minority” myth. Our community is one of stark contrasts, with significant disparities within and between various subgroups. The ‘Asian Pacific American’ umbrella includes over 45 distinct ethnicities speaking over 100 language dialects, and many of the groups that were excluded from this report are also the ones with the greatest needs. For instance, while the Pew report touts the community’s success in educational attainment, this claim also ignores the fact that over a third of Hmong, Cambodian, and Laotian Americans do not even hold a high school diploma. While the Asian Pacific American community should celebrate its accomplishments, we must also avoid drawing oversimplified conclusions that ignore the many real challenges facing our diverse population.

“To better understand our growing community, we need to move beyond stereotypical narratives and pursue more disaggregated data collection. The Pew Research Center’s report highlights this important need, and I hope it will serve as a wake-up call for government, academia, and others to invest in this research.”

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.

OCA Disappointed, Concerned with Pew Research Center Study on Asian Americans

The following is text from a press release issued today by OCA:

OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is extremely disappointed and concerned with Pew Research Center’s recent report, The Rise of Asian Americans, which perpetuates misleading stereotypes of APAs.

In the report, shallow analysis based on self-report data of Asian Americans propagates the “model minority” stereotype in the very initial stages of its findings, stating: “Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.” While the consensus of less than 4,000 Asian Americans who had participated in this survey responded see the community as being on an upward trajectory by most socio-economic indicators, they do not represent the over 14.5 Asian Americans throughout the country.

What is particularly disturbing is that these types of broad generalizations can have serious implications in public policy, civil rights, as well as perpetuation of bias, discrimination, and racial tension between communities of color. Even though the study fills a void for more statistics and information on the APA community, the framing of the contextual data in the report is troublesome.

“We are deeply concerned with the Pew Research Center’s report on Asian Americans,” says OCA Executive Director, Tom Hayashi. “It is difficult to take the data at face value when the questions seem to play too perfectly into reinforcing the stereotypes of Asian Americans…the validity of the results are highly suspect in terms of how much we can truly rely on the self-report data cited in the results.”

Bimodal immigration, cultural as well as linguistic isolation must be one of many factors that should inform the data analysis to get a more accurate understanding of the community.

“While subjects can respond to questions on the phone, their attitudes, behaviors, or conditions faced by Asian Americans can be very different from that of the research results. The disagreements and doubts from the community about the survey is based on the incongruence with what we see in the community,” says Hayashi.

Asian American organizations should also be consulted in this type of research, and not just the scholars who at times have been known to have blinders or biases though an unintentionally supported series of self-fulfilling prophecies. We urge that investigators start with grounding the design of the research with a specific objective in mind, i.e. what value might be served to ask what Asian Americans think about the strictness of their own parenting or of their counterpart’s?

We believe that not all Asian Americans command the highest-income or are best-educated, yet we face one of the longest period of unemployment when we lose our jobs relative to other ethnic groups. And although we may be the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, we continue to face challenges posed by unfair immigration policies. The assertions that our community enjoys an exaggerated level of privilege are simply and unfortunately not the case. We call on accurate and responsible research that reflects the complexity of the community and does not solely rely on surveys that play into Asian American stereotypes.

Pew Report Doesn’t Fully Capture Southeast Asian American Experiences

The following is text from a press release issued today by SEARAC:

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is alarmed by new research from the Pew Research Center which paints Asian Americans overall as faring better than other groups in the United States.

While it is important to highlight the successes of Asian American communities, SEARAC is concerned that the Pew research on Asian Americans can do much harm by masking challenges that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) face. The Pew Research Center findings are not representative of all Asian American groups, especially since only Asian Americans from the top six largest subgroups (Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese Americans) were surveyed for the research.

Working on behalf of Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities, SEARAC feels that additional information about these communities is missing from Pew’s research.

For example, in terms of education attainment, the 2010 U.S. Census reveals that more than 1 in 3 Cambodian, Hmong, and Laotian Americans over 25 years of age had less than a high school education, compared with about 1 in 7 of the general U.S. population. In terms of poverty status, 11.3% of Americans overall were estimated to live in poverty compared to Cambodian Americans who had a poverty rate of 18.2% and Hmong Americans at 27.4%.

Additionally, the Pew Research Center reported that Asian Americans overall don’t experience discrimination, but SEARAC works with several local community based groups that have initiatives to end racial discrimination as a direct result of experiences of Southeast Asian American youth in those communities.

Cambodian youth at Khmer Girls in Action in Long Beach, CA recently produced a report titled “Step Into Long Beach: Exposing How Cambodian Youth are Under-resourced, Over-policed, and Fighting Back for their Wellness” which discusses discrimination experienced by youth both at school and while interacting with law enforcement. In Providence, RI, the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) is working to pass state legislation banning racial profiling because of their youth of color’s experiences with law enforcement.

Furthermore, even the Department of Education has recently taken steps to act on a policy to disaggregate data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander students by putting forth a Request for Information to gather and share information about practices and policies regarding existing education data systems that disaggregate data on AAPI student populations.

According to SEARAC executive director, Doua Thor, “After decades of working to de-bunk the Model Minority Myth—the misconception that all Asian Americans excel academically and face few obstacles—Pew’s research only makes it more difficult for SEARAC and our allies to advance equity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. SEARAC will continue to push for more disaggregated data so that the most accurate picture of our communities can emerge, and we will be able to fully advocate on behalf of Southeast Asian Americans and underserved communities.”

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. Find out more at www.searac.org.

‘The Rise of Asian Americans’ Report Released by Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center's "The Rise of Asian Americans" ReportUPDATE 7:20 P.M. PACIFIC: Numerous Asian American organizations issued statements expressing disappointment and concern with the report as presented by Pew.

The Pew Research Center just released a new report, “The Rise of Asian Americans,” painting a “comprehensive portrait of Asian Americans, examining their demographic characteristics, social and family values, education, economic circumstances and more.”

The report finds that Asian Americans are the “best-educated, highest-income, fastest-growing racial group” in the country and also explores six subgroups: Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Indian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Korean Americans, and Japanese Americans.

You can read the full report, view graphics showing key findings from the survey, and explore maps of Asian American populations by state and county.

Pew Research Center is webcasting its live panel event about the report on Tuesday, June 19, from 9:30 a.m. ET to Noon ET. The event will feature the following speakers:

  • Andrew Kohut (President, Pew Research Center)
  • Paul Taylor (Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center)
  • Cary Funk (Senior Researcher, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)
  • Karthick Ramakrishnan (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
  • Tritia Toyota (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • D’Vera Cohn (Senior Writer, Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project)
  • Kim Parker (Associate Director, Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project)
  • The Honorable Elaine L. Chao (24th U.S. Secretary of Labor; First Asian Pacific American woman appointed to President’s Cabinet in American history)
  • Neera Tanden (President, Center for American Progress; Former Senior Advisor for Health Reform, Obama Administration)
  • Benjamin Wu (Vice Chair, U.S.-Asia Institute; Former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce and Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy)

The Center is inviting questions during the event at https://www.facebook.com/pewresearch and on Twitter at #asianamericans.

It’s encouraging to see reports with better data being conducted about Asian Americans. Last month, a poll on Asian American voter attitudes was released by the Asian American Justice Center and the Asian American Institute (members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice), and APIAVote.

Conducted by Lake Research Partners, the poll found that that Asian Americans are still largely untapped by candidates for office and their political parties. The first-ever poll of Asian American voter attitudes shows that close elections in states with significant numbers of Asian American voters like California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada and Virginia could go to the candidates who best engage Asian Americans, a demographic with increasing political clout.