Surprising Facts about Asian Americans and Why Data Needs to be Disaggregated

Two reports out in the last week describe the picture of Asian American experiences as diverse and that when data is not disaggregated, groups within the Asian American category are obscured, specifically those of Southeast Asian Americans.  These two images from the iCount: A Data Quality Movement for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education show how stark the differences are:


Another report called Widening the Lens on Boys and Men of Color published by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy describes other surprising facts including:

  • Racial profiling is a routine part of life for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander boys.
  • Asian-American, Pacific Islander and AMEMSA youth are the most frequent targets of school bullying. More than half of Asian-American teens are bullied in school. At 54 percent, the rate far exceeds the rates reported by white teens (31 percent), Latino teens (34 percent) and black teens (38 pecent). And yet, youth rarely report the incidents of harassment, fearing retaliation or because they lack the linguistic capability to voice their needs.

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