Census Day is this Thursday April 1st! Remember to fill out and mail back your form! An accurate count can help AAPIs receive our share of over $400 billion in annual federal funds for resources our community needs — from schools, to hospitals, to fair Congressional re-districting that affects our political representation for the next decade.
Filling out your Census form is critical to our voice and visibility, and unfortunately AAPIs have been among the groups most likely to discard their forms. And fear not, ‘cuz the Census Bureau is prohibited from sharing any of your information with other government or enforcement agencies, including DHS or ICE. Undocumented immigrants should be included in the census count too, and the form (only 10 short questions!) does not ask about immigration status.
And if you’re an “Other” Asian — meaning your ethnicity is not listed as a category — like Laos or Taiwanese, be sure to write it in (ignore the creepy white guy at 1:39):
For more info and resources on the 2010 Census, visit the Asian American Justice Center and its partner AAPI Action’s “Fill in Our Future” Campaign. Their website, fillinourfuture.org, features Census FAQs, in-language resources (in over 24 Asian languages), informational brochures, sample Census forms, in-language assistance guides, celebrity and community leader PSAs, and monthly contests and giveaways. The larger campaign also includes media and community outreach, workshops, a speaker’s bureau and training seminars.
Stand up and be counted! Even Colbert wills it!