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By John C. Yang

There are 23 million Asian Americans living in the U.S., representing 6.5 percent of the American population 4.7% of U.S. eligible voters this year, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the latest polling results in the media.

For two decades, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been the fastest-growing ethnic groups. Yet Asian Americans remain invisible in national polling data: Recent Presidential polls from the Washington Post/ABC, New York Times/Siena, Economist/YouGov, NPR/PBS/Marist, and Quinnipiac all omit any data on Asian American preferences.

In the 2016 Presidential Election, six states were decided by 1.5 percent or less (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Florida). All of these states have seen a growth in the Asian American population, and these numbers easily could have provided the margin of victory. Of course, it’s not just the Presidential elections in which Asian American votes make a difference. One in five Congressional districts have a population that is more than ten percent Asian American and Pacific Islander. …

Learn how to fill out the census online, what language resources are available, and how to answer questions about race and ethnicity.

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By Beth Lynk, Suher Adi, and Amber Nguyen

The census is a vital data collecting tool that enables us to have data on communities to better serve them and provide them with the resources they need. It also gives underrepresented groups a voice by allowing their members to be visible.

Recognizing the significance of an accurate count, many organizations have created resources to help community members fill out the census form in their preferred language. …

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By Sina Uipi

Fakamalo pe mo fakafeta’i he ngaue kotoa pe kuo lava ke tau a’u mai kihe tu’unga ko eni, which in Tongan means, I give thanks and praise for all the work that has been done to reach this point. As the last days of the census deadline quickly approaches, I humbly reflect and give gratitude to all the effort made to ensure Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders get counted. There aren’t enough words to sum up the love, labor, and resilience our communities have endured before and during a pandemic. …

How the census impacts my community and the importance for all family members to be counted regardless of age or immigration status

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By John C. Yang

This year’s decennial census is gathering imperative data giving minority groups a much-needed voice for where the $1.5 trillion of government funding will go annually. The Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities need to be counted accurately and fairly as we have historically been undercounted with one in five Asian Americans, and one in three Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders being part of hard-to-count communities. While it is crucial that all underrepresented groups fill out the census, it is just as important that all children in a household are counted. …

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The potential ban of WeChat, the 5th most-used social app in the world, would have serious impacts on Asian Americans and communities of color

By Vivin Qiang

Prior to the Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat and other Administration actions in the last month, there may have been limited attention devoted to the mobile app developed by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. Despite its seemingly low-profile existence in the United States, WeChat actually has over one billion users worldwide. While most of its users are in China, millions of people in the U.S. also rely on the app to stay in touch with friends, family, customers, and business contacts in China. However, President Trump’s recent actions against WeChat could mean that these connections may be lost forever in the near future, as the Department of Commerce has ordered a ban on prohibiting U.S. …

By Ravindu Ranawaka

Note: Some of the names in this article have been changed at the request of the individuals, all alternative names have been selected by the individuals themselves.

“Family is with whom you create bonds that lasts over time, can change, and grow. You don’t have contact with them every day, but you still love them and care for them.” Bilal Askaryar, an openly gay refugee from Afghanistan experienced migration through means of displacement. During Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Bilal’s grandfather was rounded up and taken into custody for not pledging allegiance to the new regime. As time passed, more and more of Bilal’s family members were imprisoned. Bilal and his parents made the decision to escape to the United States in 1990, after Mujahideen began to occupy Afghanistan after the Soviet departure. Having lost so much in his life, Bilal had to endure further hardship after coming out as gay to his parents, years after resettling in the U.S. …

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Introducing our virtual 2020 Youth Leadership Summit cohort of young leaders from across the country

By John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

In September, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is convening our first VIRTUAL Youth Leadership Summit, convening 12 young leaders online from across the country for our 7th annual Youth Leadership Summit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our young leaders is our priority, and we look forward to hosting our annual convening in this new virtual format during these unprecedented times. …


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文:草川義世良 | 譯:強雪兒





不幸的是,盡管有著24年毫無瑕疵的政府工作經歷,聯邦調查局還是在2011年開始審訊他,蘇博士認為針對他的調查開始得更早。他被人監視、並受到逮捕的威脅和剝奪了安全許可的危險。這些調查最終不了了之,也沒有找到任何可以指控他的證據。然而在2015年,五角大樓的綜合裁決機構突然利用不實證據,解除了他的安全許可。為了恢復自己的名譽,蘇博士抗爭了多年。2019年5月,綜合裁決機構撤銷了五角大樓之前解除蘇博士安全許可的決定。在給蘇博士的信中,綜合裁決機構寫著 “五角大樓之前有關撤銷和解除蘇先生安全許可的決定是‘不準確的,現予以撤銷’。”








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文:草川义世良 | 译:强雪儿





不幸的是,尽管有着24年毫无瑕疵的政府工作经历,联邦调查局还是在2011年开始审讯他,苏博士认为针对他的调查开始得更早。他被人监视、并受到逮捕的威胁和剥夺了安全许可的危险。这些调查最终不了了之,也没有找到任何可以指控他的证据。然而在2015年,五角大楼的综合裁决机构突然利用不实证据,解除了他的安全许可。为了恢复自己的名誉,苏博士抗争了多年。2019年5月,综合裁决机构撤销了五角大楼之前解除苏博士安全许可的决定。在给苏博士的信中,综合裁决机构写着 “五角大楼之前有关撤销和解除苏先生安全许可的决定是不准确的,所以全部撤销’”







Dr. Su is one of many Asian American and immigrant scientists and researchers targeted by overzealous government prosecutions and misguided scrutiny based on ethnicity.

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Photos courtesy of Dr. Su

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By Gisela Perez Kusakawa

Dr. Wei Su is a husband and father. He is concerned for the younger generation of Chinese Americans, like his son. Dr. Su understands very well the challenges that Chinese Americans face, particularly when working in the government. …


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Fighting for civil rights for all and working to empower #AAPIs to participate in our democracy. Follow: @johncyangdc @tao_minnis @meganessaheb

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