Unsilencing the Voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: A briefing about national polling of AAPIs in the United States

Monday, January 9, 2012 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Carnegie Corporation, 437 Madison Ave 26th Floor, NYC
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Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States.  Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew faster than any other racial group, at a rate of 46 percent.  In some cities, the numbers of AAPIs are significant enough to determine policy outcomes. They are also an important and growing constituency eager for greater civic engagement and participation.

Long thought of as too diverse and too hard to reach through polling means, AAPIs were able to break the data barrier in 2008 with the first ever nationally representative, ethnically disaggregated, in-language poll conducted by the National Asian American Survey. These findings provide critical insight into policy priorities and civic engagement. However, many other timely questions remain unanswered. At the fore are questions about how AAPIs think about and respond to progressive messaging on the most controversial issues that face our country today, including immigration, reproductive justice, health care reform, and civil rights.

We are pleased to invite you to a briefing on what we know – and what we still need to learn – about this dynamic and emerging constituency. In this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss these and other questions with research experts and practitioners. One potential outcome of this research is greater levels of democratic participation within this fast-growing community.


  • AAPI views on immigration reform including the path to citizenship and family reunification.
  • Other issues of concern to AAPIs such as health care reform, abortion, same sex marriage, and LGBT rights.
  • Shared interests and potential dividing lines within the AAPI community (e.g., Chinese, Koreans, Asian Indians) and between AAPIs and other communities of color.
  • Divisions within AAPI communities by immigrant status, geography, gender, and age.

A Philanthropy New York Members’ Briefing presented by the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Russell Sage Foundation.


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