Census Phase II: Fill In Our Future!

Just because Census Day (April 1st) has passed, doesn’t mean it’s too late to be counted, or that our work here is done! Census 2010 has entered into the next phase — non-response follow-up — in which Census workers go door-to-door to collect info from folks who didn’t mail in their forms (or perhaps never received one).

You can also call 1‐866‐872‐6868 and complete the form over the phone, or request a replacement form to be sent in the mail. Be Counted replacement census forms are available at various community locations  in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian (Be Counted Sites and Questionnaire Assistance Centers map here). 10 short questions that are completely confidential — and vital to the representation and health of our communties.

The national coalition of AAPI organizations promoting the Census is also working to sustain momentum for its “Fill In Our Future” Campaign, to ensure everyone is included. You can check out the TAKE 10 MAP to see how your hometown is doing in participation rates. Is your region one of the top 50 that hasn’t turned in their 2010 Census forms? Census 2010 battle — Go!


Census 2010: Be Counted!

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!

You can't argue with this

Million Dollar Blocks

Since the Ludacris map got so many props, I thought I’d throw up another ArcMap GIS wonder. This one is a little more serious. The Spatial Information Design Lab from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation created what they call “Million Dollar Blocks“. Its simple, take prison expenditure data and overlay that information over a map showing the homes where these prisoners are coming from. You then get a map, block by block, showing the homes of prisoners and the cost it takes to incarcerate them. You end up getting “million dollar blocks”; neighborhoods in Brooklyn that get millions of dollars in investments from the government (through the prison system). Below is a map of Brooklyn showing the concentration of the prisoners’ neighborhoods and the amount invested through prison expenditures:

The lighter the red, the more $ invested per prisoner, based on their home residences.

Why is this map genius? For one, its easy as hell to make. The only inputs are a home address (down to the Census block or tract, which anyone can do with a computer, access to factfinder.census.gov, and uhhh, access to prison records) and how much in government dollar is invested on each prisoner. Second, this map, on the surface, is just a map showing the homes of prisoners, right? No, its a freaking map on where to invest in community empowerment and development programs. After-school programs, midnight basketball leagues, job placement programs, street beautification, etc. This map is so damn detailed, it goes down into detail, block by block in Brooklyn, of how much money is invested in a neighborhood:

This Lab is sick. Check out their other maps here, including one on Buzz in NYC (using GPS data from Getty Images’ photographs from fashion photographers) and one on worldwide migration using a video map.

Thanks Will, for this and the Luda map as well.

19% of Asian-American Men Will Die Alone


The 7%.

The 7%.

Maybe that’s just exaggerating… a bit. The numbers came from one of my friends, who did a ridiculous amount of work on the crateandbarrel.com website for some firsthand, guerilla-style researching. Along with Census data from the American Community Survey from 2006. But come on, the Crate and Barrel data is much more revealing because we’re dealing with yuppy/suburban/young/middle-class/well educated Crate and Barrel catalog shopping folks who are Americanized enough to register at C&B instead of assuming their wedding present will come in a little red envelope emblazoned with a dragon wrapped around a pearl.

Back to the data. He sifted through Crate and Barrel gift registry info, which is readily available on the website and categorized marriages between different Asian ethnicities using common names in each category (Kim, Jeong, Park for Koreans; Nguyen and Tran for Vietnamese; Lim, Chen, Lin, Wang for Chinese; etc). He gathered data for 2856 people total, 2141 of whom were categorized as East Asian and 715 who were South Asian. The following percentages indicated the marriage rate outside of the ethnicity:


Korean: 24% of women (married a non-Korean) vs. 9% of men

Vietnamese: 41% of women vs. 21% of men

Japanese: 49% of women vs. 28% of men

Chinese: 35% of women vs. 16% of men

Total East Asian: 35% of women vs. 16% of men

South Asian: 19% of women vs. 15% of men


The numbers that pop out the most are probably the very low South Asian percentages (which is, in a way, expected), the low Korean numbers (also expected), and the very high Japanese percentages (the most Americanized of all Asian ethnicities). Vietnamese numbers are also very high compared to the East Asian average. I should also note that these numbers are significantly different than the Census numbers which are 20% for women vs. 7% for men, probably due to the demographics of a Crate & Barrel…

But the most intriguing conclusion that he thought of was that if we were to take these numbers and take a sampling of 100 Asian-American women and 100 Asian-American males, of the women, 35 would marrying outside of their ethnicity and 65 would marry in (which would mean 65 Asian-American women would be available to marry an Asian-American male). Of the 100 men, since 16% marry outside, that leaves 84 men ready to marry within, but, wait… there’s only 65 available women, which leaves 19% SOL.

I’m not entirely smart enough to know how these numbers jive with the official Census numbers from 2006:

45% of Asian-American women are married vs. 42% of men.

But theorectically (and empirically) this all makes sense. Especially if you live in the Marina. 

The reasons behind this phenomena is another blog post, and I haven’t had the chance to get that PhD in Ethnic Studies I’ve always wanted, so I’ll leave it for others to explain.   

As an added bonus, if you haven’t seen this video yet, enjoy: