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SEARAC’s original research reflects the understanding that Southeast Asian Americans and their communities experience specific strengths and challenges that require special attention when it comes to policy and funding allocation. This may seem to be self-evident, but Southeast Asian Americans have found that the “model minority myth” – which holds that all Asian Americans exceed educationally, economically, and in others ways – continues to prevent decisionmakers from seeing the communities clearly.
SEARAC has a long history of publishing original research, which we have used to guide capacity-building programming, advocacy efforts, and fundraising. Early publications focused on the needs of Boat People, the character and importance of MAAs, best practices for MAA organizational development, and other topics. More recent reports have focused on data that help policy makers and advocates better understand our communities.
- SEARAC Five-Year Strategic Plan: 2017-2021 **new** - SEARAC's new five-year strategic plan is grounded in three goals: to protect our communities through powerful advocacy, to deepen our capacity to mobilize for self-determination, and to build a robust and resilient internal infrastructure.
- SEARAC 2015 Annual Report - A glimpse of SEARAC's impact on individual community members in 2015, plus a recap of our 40 & Forward campaign.
- SEARAC 2014 Annual Report - Listing of of SEARAC's funders, individual donors, and achievements in 2014.
From the Archives
- The Bridge vol.11_number2summer1994 (USAID and Southeast Asia) - SEARAC's quarterly newsletter, published between 1984 - 1998.
- Southeast Asian American Elders in California - Demographics and Service Priorities Revealed by the 2000 Census and a Survey of MAAs and FBOs.
- Aging Among Southeast Asian Americans in California: Assessing Strengths and Challenges, Strategizing for the Future - Report on the October 17, 2003 conference on assessing the needs and addressing the gaps in aging services for elderly Southeast Asian Californians.
- Encouraging Economic Empowerment: A Report on the Financial and Banking Capabilities of Southeast Asian American Communities in California - SEARAC conducted an online survey and discussion groups to produce research for this report which provides, for the first time ever, insight into the banking and financial capabilities of Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, and Vietnamese Americans in California.
- Untold Stories of the Foreclosure Crisis: Southeast Asian Americans in the Central Valley - SEARAC partnered with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Development (CAPACD) to produce a report on the foreclosure crisis in the Central Valley and its effect on Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, and Vietnamese families in the region. The report uses data analysis, focus group dialogues with local community members, and interviews with public agencies and housing counseling organizations in the Central Valley to inform its findings and recommendations.
- The 2010 California State Budget: An Overview and Outlook - Part one of a series on the 2010 CA State Budget and its impact on Southeast Asian Americans.
- The 2010 California State Budget and Southeast Asian American Elders - Part two of a series on the 2010 CA State Budget and its impact on Southeast Asian Americans.
- The 2010 California State Budget and Southeast Asian American Students - Part three of a series on the 2010 CA State Budget and its impact on Southeast Asian Americans.
- The 2010 California State Budget and Southeast Asian American Working Families - Part four of a series on the 2010 CA State Budget and its impact on Southeast Asian Americans.
Moving Beyond the “Asian” Check Box: Analyses of national opportunities and challenges for education data reform through data disaggregation that recognizes the unique identities of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities - A comprehensive analysis of responses that were gathered as a result of the Department of Education’s 2012 Request for Information on practices and policies regarding existing education data systems that disaggregate data on sub-groups within the AANHPI student population. This SEARAC policy brief aims to demonstrate national demand for data disaggregation to make visible and address the academic achievement gaps that exist within AANHPI communities.
2013 Education Fact Sheet Series:
- Overview of Southeast Asian Educational Challenges: Why are Southeast Asian American Students Falling Behind? – This fact sheet provides an overview of the obstacles that keep Southeast Asian American students from reaching their full potential in education achievement, and provides federal and local policy recommendations to remedy this.
- English Language Learners and Southeast Asian American Communities – Learn about the Southeast Asian American English Language Learner population, its challenges, and opportunities to raise visibility and provide support for this student population.
- How will Common Core State Standards Impact Southeast Asian American Students? – Learn what Common Core State Standards are, how they will impact Southeast Asian American Students, and SEARAC’s recommendations to policymakers to ensure that SEAA students will benefit from Common Core implementation.
- Increase Access to Higher Education: Why are Southeast Asians Not Going to College? – Learn about the challenges that contribute to low college attainment rates of Southeast Asian American students and policy solutions that can increase access to higher education for Southeast Asian American students.
- Data Dissaggregation: What's the Problem with Current Education Data Collection and Reporting? – Learn how current data collection and reporting guidelines are masking educational inequities that exist for Southeast Asian American and other students and why there is a need for collecting disaggregated data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student populations.
- Data Disaggregation: Opportunities and Challenges – This fact sheet highlights the current challenges and opportunities for data disaggregation. Information comes primarily from SEARAC’s study of the Department of Education’s Request for Information on practices and policies regarding existing education data systems that disaggregate data on sub-groups within the AANHPI student population.
State Fact Sheet Series: A fact sheet series highlighting the unique challenges of Southeast Asian American (SEAA) students in states with high concentrations of SEAAs. Includes state-specific statistics and insights, and a spotlight on community-based organization partners working in each state.
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in California
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Louisiana
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Minnesota
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Pennsylvania
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Rhode Island
- Southeast Asian American Education Needs in Washington
- Automatic Injustice: A Report on Prosecutorial Discretion in the Southeast Asian American Community (Policy Report, 2016) (See webinar here.)
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Behind Bars: Exposing the School to Prison to Deportation Pipeline (Policy Report, 2015)
- Resource Guide for Southeast Asian Americans Facing Deportation - (To access the webinar launch of this 2015 guide, click here. SEARAC is also collecting feedback for future revisions and updates, and we always welcome questions in the spirit of collaboration and community as we develop helpful resources to best serve our community's needs. Please email our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or to help our process of streamlining questions and responses.)
- Sentenced Home Toolkit - SEARAC's toolkit that pairs with the documentary, "Sentenced Home," a film about Cambodian Americans facing orders of removal and the heartbreaking effect on their families. This toolkit is a resource that teaches about the history of deportation, contains frequently asked questions and talking points, as well as a section on what you can do to help stop deportations.
- Southeast Asian Americans At A Glance: Statistical Profile 2010 - SEARAC's latest Southeast Asian American Statistical Profile, which includes a compilation of findings and analysis on Southeast Asian American communities based on data from the 2010 American Community Survey. Updated October 2011.
- Southeast Asian Americans At A Glance - SEARAC's findings and analysis on Southeast Asian American communities based on the 2009 American Community Survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Southeast Asian American Statistical Profile 2004 - SEARAC's findings and analysis on Southeast Asian American communities based on data from the 2000 Census.
Training and Technical Assistance
- Choosing the Right Structure for a Community Organization: A Tool Kit for Refugee Community Leaders - This SEARAC and Mosaica publication provides an overview of different organizational models or structures and the requirements of each model; reference materials, checklists, helpful hints, and sample forms for developing each model; and examples, based on the real life experiences of organizations around the country that share lessons learned about what has worked and what hasn’t.
- Standing Up and Speaking Out for Refugees: A Tool Kit for Refugee Community Leaders - This SEARAC and Mosaica publication provides an introduction to key steps, questions, and helpful hints for advocating for the rights of high quality services to refugees, including how to be an effective advocate and how to negotiate with other organizations to ensure they meet your community’s needs; an overview of the most important legal rights of refugees in the U.S., as well as laws and standards related to access to services and the quality of services; an overview of how the human service system works, including what services are available in most communities, how they are funded, and how they are administered; and tools for planning and carrying out advocacy efforts and examples of what refugee leaders and organizations around the country have done to improve services to their communities.