UPDATE 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.
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)
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.