ECAASU Stands in Support of Disaggregating Data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

August 7, 2017

 The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), stands in strong support of collecting detailed data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. ECAASU signs onto An Open Letter in Support of Collecting Detailed Data on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders From Organizations and Leaders Serving East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Communities, a letter written by Dr. OiYan Poon of Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Janelle Wong of the University of Maryland, and Dr. Karthick Ramakrishnan of UC Riverside.

For a community as diverse as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, data disaggregation is crucial to recognizing the specific struggles of different ethnic groups. Community leaders, elected officials, researchers, educators, and students have been pushing for data disaggregation within the AAPI community for three decades. Only by collecting disaggregated data can the unique needs of all AAPI communities be recognized and served in regards to language, economic status, education, health, and more.

As a pan-Asian and student-run organization, ECAASU recognizes the importance of collecting high-quality and detailed data in order to better serve Asian American and Pacific Islander students. In particular, disaggregated data helps to highlight the struggles of Southeast Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, whose experiences are often made invisible when detailed data is not taken.

Data disaggregation is not meant to target a specific group for discrimination, but rather to ensure that the experiences of all ethnic groups within the AAPI umbrella are recognized. Identifying affected populations is the first step toward gaining more resources for underserved communities.

Read the open letter here:

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