Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing and most diverse racial groups in the country. Between 2000 and 2010, their populations grew by 46 percent and 40 percent, respectively, compared to 10 percent for the overall population, and these growth trends have continued since 2010.
Despite the increasing importance of AAPIs, there is a significant gap in what is known about these communities, with problems ranging from invisibility to mistaken assumptions that all Asian Americans are self-sufficient, well-educated, and upwardly mobile.
Hoping to correct that gap is a data challenge announced this week by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPIData.com, a research project of the University of California, Riverside.
ELEVATE: AAPI Data Challenge seeks to engage the public in developing novel approaches to the interpretation of data on AAPIs, particularly data that is broken out by national origin, such as Cambodian, Korean, or Native Hawaiian.
Everyone – from high school students and data hobbyists to government, nonprofit and corporate analysts – is invited to participate in this pioneering effort. Submissions may include infographics, web applications, data tables, blog posts, animations, videos, and other creative mediums. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 5.
Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor and associate dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy explained that ELEVATE: AAPI Data Challenge was created to encourage a new generation of researchers, writers, and artists to develop new ways of visualizing and interpreting data about the AAPI population.
“We have seen big improvements in data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the last decade,” Ramakrishnan said. “We hope to inspire people to take advantage of this new data, not just for academic research but also for news reporting, storytelling, and helping to inform public policy.”