SEARAC Publications

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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 2016 Annual Report **new** - Learn about our strong community partners and movements that made waves in 2016
  • 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


Economic Empowerment


Policy Brief:

2013 Education Fact Sheet Series:

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.


Statistical information

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.