SEARAC, AANHPI Organizations Express Concerns to US Census Bureau

Washington, DC  — SEARAC was one of 57 Hmong American; Southeast Asian American; and Asian American, Native Hawai’ian, and Pacific Islander organizations writing to the US Census Bureau to express concern regarding the inclusion of Hmong under the East Asian regional group, rather than the Southeast Asian regional group, in the 2020 Census Data Products, including the upcoming Demographic and Housing Characteristics products and last year’s 2020 Census State Redistricting File (Public Law 94-171) Summary File.

The groups urged the Bureau to recategorize Hmong as Southeast Asian and, moving forward, improve how it conducts outreach to diverse communities to accurately assess and represent how they self-identify.

Read our letter here.