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Politics Less than 1% of US elected leaders are Asian American, despite making up more than 6% of the US population

05:15  05 may  2021
05:15  05 may  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Even among states with high AAPI concentrations (think New York, California, Nevada) representation drops off. Hawaii is the only state whose share of AAPI elected leaders is nearly equivalent to its population . And the report found that a mere 0.24 percent of elected prosecutors and 0.07 percent Meanwhile, Southeast Asian Americans are at least three times more likely than other immigrants to be deported due to past criminal convictions, according to the report. But AAPIs are omitted from the debate over the future of criminal justice, said Premal Dharia, executive director of the Institute to End

The demographics of Asian Americans describe a heterogeneous group of people in the United States who trace their ancestry to one or more Asian countries. Manilamen began to reside in Louisiana as the first Asian Americans to live in the continental in the United States .

Joe Biden et al. sitting around a table: In this April 15, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden, accompanied by from left, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Mark Takano, D-Calif., Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., speaks during a meeting with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Executive Committee at the White House in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP © Andrew Harnik/AP In this April 15, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden, accompanied by from left, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Mark Takano, D-Calif., Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., speaks during a meeting with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Executive Committee at the White House in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP
  • Less than 1% of elected leadership in the US are members of the AAPI community.
  • But AAPI individuals make up more than 6% of the population.
  • The statistic was included in a report by the Reflective Democracy Campaign, which investigates diversity in elected leadership.
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Asian American lawmakers make up less than 1% of elected leaders in the US, despite the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders accounting for more than 6% of the nation's population as of mid-2020.

The story behind the group tracking anti-Asian hate incidents

  The story behind the group tracking anti-Asian hate incidents Three Asian American activists founded Stop AAPI Hate, the anti-Asian hate reporting center, to track the growing number of incidents against the community. Led by Cynthia Choi, the co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, or CAA; Russell Jeung, professor and chair of the Asian American studies department at San Francisco State University; and Manjusha Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, or A3PCON, Stop AAPI Hate is more than a popular hashtag or aggregator of anti-Asian incidents.

The following is a partial list of United States cities and towns in which a majority (over 50%) of the population is Asian American or Asian , according to the United States Census Bureau. This list does not include cities in which, according to the U . S . Census Bureau, merely a plurality

United States Population Growth. Formal censuses were not carried out during the colonial era, but records show that the colonial population grew from a shaky start of just 3,800 in 1610 to over 1 million in 1750. The population grew rapidly moving forward, and when the first official census was held in 1790 shortly after independence, the population had grown to nearly 4 million. United States Population Projections. The population of the US continues to grow today, driven by a high level of immigration.

The statistic was included in a report by the Reflective Democracy Campaign, which investigates diversity and demographic representation in elected leadership. The report was included in an article by Politico on Tuesday.

There are two US senators who are part of the AAPI community - Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. At least 16 US representatives are AAPI individuals.

On a state level, there are more than 150 state legislators in 31 states across the US. One-third of whom are representing majority-white districts, but only 17% representing majority AAPI districts, according to the report.

"The exclusion of Asian Americans from political power mirrors the history of AAPI exclusion and erasure from American society," Brenda Choresi Carter, the director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, said in the report. "But AAPI communities are winning visibility and power, and AAPI leaders are winning elections and reshaping politics, from city halls to Congress and the Vice President's office."

America's population growth future

  America's population growth future America’s high population growth rates of the recent past are over, and it is time for the country to adjust to the new demographic realities and many benefits of slower population growth in the coming decades. Despite the indisputable demographic changes underway, some are lamenting America's comparatively slow population growth rate and calling for a return to the high rates of the past. The slowdown in America's population growth is considered a net negative by many across the political spectrum and some are calling for higher rates of future population growth for the country.

Moreover, while Asian American women make up only 5.8 percent of the U . S . population , they comprise 12 percent of the professional workforce. Indeed, 49 percent of all Asians in this country over 25 years of age have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to only 31 percent of whites, 18 percent of blacks, and 13 percent of Hispanics. And in corporate America , even though Asian American women are the demographic group most likely to have graduate degrees, they are the least likely to hold positions within three reporting levels of the CEO or to have line or supervisory responsibilities.

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Strides in AAPI representation in the political sphere were made when Vice President Kamala Harris made history as the nation's first female vice president, as well as the first vice president who is Black and of Asian descent.

When taking all levels of government into account, the only state whose AAPI elected officials proportionately represent its AAPI population is Hawaii. Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke said in the report that states with significant AAPI populations - save for Hawaii - AAPI people are underrepresented in elected office.

"As a result, governments are unable to adequately serve vulnerable AAPI communities with cultural competency and with language access," Mielke continued.

When measuring state legislatures alone, AAPI elected officials begin to mirror that of their AAPI constituents, according to the report. The percentage of state legislators in Hawaii, California, Maryland, and Washington who are AAPI are "relatively close or equal" to their AAPI population, the report read.

However, New Jersey has the fourth largest AAPI population in the US but has two AAPI state legislators, and Nevada has the fifth largest AAPI population and has only one AAPI state lawmaker, according to the report.

"Voters, regardless of party identification, really want to see reflective leadership," Carter told Politico. "Political power has been concentrated in the hands of white men in the United States since the very beginning. And I think we are seeing the limitations of that."

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The woman was hit in the head by someone who demanded the victim remove her mask, police said.The New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the assault. No arrests have been made as of Tuesday morning.

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