Governor Brown & CA State Legislature: Make ALL AAPI communities visible! #AllCaliforniansCount

Governor Jerry Brown & CA State Legislature

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As AAPIs, we are made up of 48 diverse groups. When data clumps us all under “Asian,” it can overshadow the specific challenges faced by Southeast Asian American, Pacific Islander students and refugee communities. By not accurately reflecting these AAPI communities’ experiences, we become invisible to policymakers -- which can reinforce the model-minority myth.

For instance, a recent report based on API students at Fresno State found that “SEAA students fell behind their White, Hispanic, and other AAPI peers in both graduation and retention rates.” The model minority myth harms our communities by seeing ALL AAPI students as inherently successful.

In California, the economic, health, and educational data of 5 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students and families is not accurately collected to reflect their unique challenges. The AHEAD (Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics) Act also known as AB 1726 could ensure that our communities receive the services and support they need. Governor Brown vetoed the bill last year, but we still have the opportunity to pass AB 1726 this year.

Join 18MR and 50 CA-based organizations to tell Governor Brown and the CA State Legislature: we need data disaggregation to show the successes and challenges that ALL AAPI communities face.

AB 1726 would finally show the economic and health disparities within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The bill would require the Department of Public Health in CA to collect disaggregated demographic data. It would also increase public awareness and access as these institutions and departments will have to publish their data annually.

Significant challenges such as high poverty rates, limited English proficiency and cultural barriers, that Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities face would finally be made visible to the public and policymakers.

Tell Governor Brown and the CA State Legislature to sign AB 1726 so that certain AAPI communities are no longer invisible.

For updates on AB 1726, check out and follow #AllCaliforniansCounts.

This petition is co-sponsored by Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).

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To: Governor Jerry Brown & CA State Legislature
From: [Your Name]

As AAPIs, we are made up of 48 diverse groups. When data clumps us all under “Asian,” it can overshadow the specific challenges faced by Southeast Asian American, Pacific Islander students and refugee communities. By not accurately reflecting these AAPI communities’ experiences, we become invisible to policymakers -- which can reinforce the model-minority myth.

For instance, a recent report based on API students at Fresno State found that “SEAA students fell behind their White, Hispanic, and other AAPI peers in both graduation and retention rates.”1 The model minority myth harms our communities by seeing ALL AAPI students as inherently successful.

In California, the economic, health, and educational data of 5 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students and families is not accurately collected to reflect their unique challenges. The AHEAD (Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics) Act could ensure that our communities receive the services and support they need. Governor Brown vetoed the bill last year, but we still have the opportunity to pass the AHEAD Act this year.

Join 18MR and 50 CA-based organizations to tell Governor Brown: we need data disaggregation to show the successes and challenges that ALL AAPI communities face.

The AHEAD Act would finally show the economic, health, and educational disparities within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The bill would require public colleges and universities and the Departments of Public Health and Health Care services in CA to collect disaggregated demographic data. It would also increase public awareness and access as these institutions and departments will have to publish their data annually.2

Significant challenges such as high poverty rates, limited English proficiency and cultural barriers, that Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities face would finally be made visible to the public and policymakers.

Tell Governor Brown to pass the AHEAD act so that certain AAPI communities are no longer invisible.