Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew faster than any other racial group in California, increasing by nearly one third to comprise 13 percent of the state’s population. Yet public surveys often do not distinguish the views of this fast-growing population. As Irvine’s California Democracy program is dedicated to advancing public policies that reflect well the preferences of all Californians, understanding the perspectives of different communities is an important component.
Earlier this year, the National Asian American Survey probed the policy priorities and issue preferences of Asian Americans nationally. With support from Irvine, researchers at the University of California at Riverside and UC Berkeley probed further into the policy priorities and preferences of Asian Americans in California. Their report, released earlier this month, highlights interesting findings about how California’s Asian American population views the economy, health care reform, affirmative action, immigration policies and other issues.