JACL Dissatisfied with Pew Report on Asian Americans

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


The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the largest and oldest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation, is dissatisfied with today’s report titled The Rise of Asian Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center.

While we commend the Pew Research Center for undertaking this critical research on Asian Americans, we hope readers won’t mistake these findings as all-encompassing of the entire AAPI community. Asian Americans make up 5.6% of the U.S. population and include over 45 different ethnicities speaking over 100 different dialects.

While our community reflects diversity, this research does not; instead, it sweeps Asian Americans into one broad group and paints our community as exceptionally successful without any challenges. This study perpetuates false stereotypes and the model minority. The JACL strongly advocates for further research and analysis specifically regarding disaggregated data collection.

“Asian Americans have battled stereotypes that have ranged from a menacing force to a picture-perfect model minority,” said National Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida. “The reality is that none of these representations are accurate, and they ignore the socioeconomic and cultural challenges faced by the many subgroups that are a part of the Asian American population. The myths have created a competitive disadvantage in accessing funding and services for the API community. The JACL supports the call for research that is valid and encompasses all API’s.”

About Japanese American Citizens League: Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization concerned with issues of education, public policy and leadership development. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the JACL promotes public awareness about the history and achievements of Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI), identifies and trains youth for leadership and service, and pursues public policy issues that affect the AAPI community. The JACL headquarters is located in San Francisco with additional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.