Asian Americans in the Population and Sample Surveys

Sunghee Lee Speaker
University of Michigan
Wednesday, Aug 9: 10:35 AM - 11:00 AM
Invited Paper Session 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 
The U.S. population grew by 16.0% from 281.4 to 326.6 million between 2000 and 2020. During those 20 years, the Asian American (AsA) population had remarkable growth, nearly doubling from 11.9 to 22.2 million. Minorities are often associated with negative outcomes, creating a dimension of disparities in important areas of human life. While data are essential to understand the conditions of life and the disparities that minority groups, such as AsA, are subject to, adequacy of existing data for AsA is unclear. With the Covid-19 pandemic, hate crimes against AsA have surged. In 16 major cities and counties in the U.S., the police reports of hate crimes against AsA increased by 146% between 2019 and 2020. At the same, there is little data available for illustrating dynamics behind such critical issues that the AsA community faces. By leveraging on data from the decennial Census, the American Community Survey and a number of publicly available large-scale sample surveys, this study examines AsA in sample surveys against the AsA population. The focus will be given to the socio-demographics as well as health care access which have important implications for the disparities.