Guest Post by Doua Thor and Karthick Ramakrishnan
Quick… fill in the blank.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are ________.
a) the fastest-growing racial groups in the United States
b) incredibly diverse with respect to income and educational attainment
c) poised to reach $1 trillion in buying power by 2018
d) the ones most likely to enroll in remedial education
e) all of the above
The answer is e) all of the above.
There are so many ways we can talk about the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. AAPIs represent the fastest-growing racial group in the country, increasing over four times as rapidly as the total U.S. population and are expected to double to more than 50 million by 2060.
AAPIs are diverse on matters related to life experiences, socioeconomic status, and health outcomes. This includes factors such as holding advanced degrees and living in poverty, as well as factors like immigration and refugee experiences, languages spoken at home, English proficiency, unemployment rates, and a higher incidence to particular diseases such as Hepatitis B. In the past decade, there have been significant improvements in the availability of data on AAPIs, on issues ranging from socioeconomic status to education, health, and civic participation.