WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 7, 2014) — Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are quickly reaching the critical mass needed to be politically relevant, but data about this group have often been unavailable. This series features the most comprehensive research and analysis for the fastest-growing demographic in the United States.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPI, are a significant factor in the changing demographics in the United States. But the lack of centralized and accessible data has created a large knowledge gap about this fast-growing and influential group. Data about this group have often not been available or presented in a way that is accessible to policymakers, journalists, and community-based organizations.
The Center for American Progress in conjunction with AAPI Data, a project at the University of California, Riverside, have launched a series of reports on the state of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders communities, featuring the most comprehensive research and analysis of its kind for the AAPI population in the United States. The report series will provide an unprecedented look at this community and provide new insight and analysis along various issue areas including: demographics, public opinion, immigration, education, language access and use, civic and political participation, income and poverty, labor market, consumer market and entrepreneurship, civil rights, health care, and health outcomes.
For information see fact sheets: Public Opinion, Demographics, Education, Immigration, Language Diversity and English Proficiency, Civic Participation and Democracy, Income and Poverty, Labor-Market Outcomes.
Karthick Ramakrishnan is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. Farah Ahmad is a Policy Analyst for Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress.