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Suggested Amendment to the Data Dissagregation Report

By gtl •  2017-08-02 12:17:24 •  158次点击


1. It is not good choice referring early government censuses

Feb 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Internment of Japanese Americans. The government documents show US Census Bureau handed over names and addresses to the Secret Service: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/confirmed-the-us-census-b/

2. Additional column added for Asian Population (in millions) for the state/city mentioned in the report, plus correction on California information



3. Additional Information/background on CA AB 1726 aka Ahead Act

The article didn’t provide any detailed information of data disaggregation in California, and it is appropriate to have such information amended since CA counts roughly one-third of total US Asian population of 17,320,856 according to 2010 US Census.

On March 16, 2016, CA Assemblymember Rob Bonta issued the Ahead Act / AB 1726 press release. "Each of our diverse communities has unique social, economic, and educational needs that must be addressed differently," said Bonta. "Instead of lumping many API communities together under the catch-all 'other Asian' category, the AHEAD Act would identify API subgroups that are being left behind." (https://a18.asmdc.org/press-release/bonta-bill-address-education-and-health-disparities-asian-pacific-islander-community )

The last statement suggested the bill would use disaggregated ethnic data to identify/prefer which API subgroups to get a head start in both education and health. Hence some history of CA with respect to ethnicity needs to be explained.

It is not the first time the State of CA wanted to use data disaggregation on our Asians. The University of California started “Count me in” campaign in 2007 according to San Jose Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com/2007/11/23/uc-adopts-count-me-in-application-proposal/ ). Since 2008 the freshman “application expands the number of Asian-American and Pacific Islander categories to 23 – a nearly threefold increase from the current eight categories. The ethnic identification will continue to be optional and will not figure into admissions decisions, administrators said.” “We don’t know what we don’t know,” said Kidder, a special assistant to UC Vice President Judy Sakaki. “If we have more information, students, faculty and administrators all win.”

Well said. Then how would students, faculty and administrators all win with this ethnicity data aggregation and at the same time without figuring those data into admissions decisions?

It is against law, the Proposition 209 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_209 ) to use ethnicity data in college admissions. Moreover, in 2013-2014, California Asian Americans worked tirelessly to stop SCA 5, which would have reintroduced affirmative discrimination back into higher education to overthrow Proposition 209.

4. Survey on 聚合和细分政府数据

 

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