AAPI Progress Education Fund

AAPI Progress Education Fund

The AAPI Progress and Education Fund is part of a network of organizations focused on building AAPI political power. Our PAC–the AAPI Victory Fund–and C(4)--the AAPI Victory Alliance–work on translating this research into progressive political power for our community. We understand, however, that elections are not everything. We need to

AAPI Progress Education Fund

The AAPI Progress and Education Fund is part of a network of organizations focused on building AAPI political power. Our PAC–the AAPI Victory Fund–and C(4)--the AAPI Victory Alliance–work on translating this research into progressive political power for our community. We understand, however, that elections are not everything. We need to be able to identify the issues that matter to and most impact our community. This ecosystem of organizations best serves these goals, and our C(3) broadens the scope to work with non-profit partners and allies to fight for progressive change nationwide. We also know that we must work with organizations that serve other people of color to fight white supremacy, and that we can model and build off the success of these organizations. That is why we are looking toward EquisLabs as a model. That is also why our PAC has partnered with the Latino Victory Fund and Collective PAC to build power together.

About the Organization:

The AAPI Progress and Education Fund is part of a network of organizations focused on building AAPI political power. Our PAC–the AAPI Victory Fund–and C(4)--the AAPI Victory Alliance–work on translating this research into progressive political power for our community. We understand, however, that elections are not everything. We need to be able to identify the issues that matter to and most impact our community. This ecosystem of organizations best serves these goals, and our C(3) broadens the scope to work with non-profit partners and allies to fight for progressive change nationwide. We also know that we must work with organizations that serve other people of color to fight white supremacy, and that we can model and build off the success of these organizations. That is why we are looking toward EquisLabs as a model. That is also why our PAC has partnered with the Latino Victory Fund and Collective PAC to build power together.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

The Issue:

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group and voter bloc in the country, but strikingly little attention is given to the issues impacting AAPIs. The AAPI perspective is often not taken into consideration in policy making, and especially so in areas like climate justice and gun violence prevention. A 2019 study in JAMA Network Open found that clinical research focused on AAPIs and funded by the NIH comprised just 0.17 percent of its total budget , based on 529 projects between 1992 and 2018. Less than 1 one-hundredth percent ( 0.01%) of articles from 1966 to 2000 in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine’s database, mentioned AAPIs, according to a 2003 paper. In the social sciences, sociologists of Asian descent were 74 % less likely than white sociologists to receive government funding, including from NIH and National Science Foundation (NSF). Oftentimes, political and issue polling does not include AAPI demographic information at all, just listing them as “other.” In the 2020 election, exit polls failed to capture the importance of AAPI voters. When AAPIs are included in polls, the demographic information is rarely disaggregated, instead lumping all AAPIs together as a monolith, thereby ignoring differences in those communities and unique needs for each of those communities. As a result, policy solutions rarely target these communities.

The Solution:

The AAPI Progress and Education Fund is a C3 research hub that directs research toward policy issues that impact AAPIs. Our main area of focus is polling research. The AAPI community is the least studied demographic group in the nation. By encouraging data disaggregation and focusing on sub-ethnicity data and research, we can learn more about the fastest growing group in the country. In our first year, in consultation with our volunteer board of academic advisors, we conducted a series of focus groups focused on Texas AAPI swing voters to find out how mis- and disinformation swayed their views on political issues. These focus groups consisted of the largest Texas AAPI sub-ethnicities: Indian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, and Korean, and one pan-AAPI group of swing voters under 30. By disaggregating the groups and sharing unique as well as universal findings, we are aiming toward a more nuanced understanding of the AAPI community. We are continuing this research through partnerships with organizations skilled and experienced in polling who turn to us for the perspective of how to best speak to the diversity within the AAPI community. Through this work, we realized the need to create a steady stream of this research, and to serve as a resource for issue-based pollsters and researchers. We looked to EquisLab, which is a research hub for Latino issues, as a model. As we build, we intend to become a research-focused incubator for AAPI research and message testing, to share data that highlights notable trends among AAPIs across the country, identify key areas of impact and effective strategies, and emphasize the need for AAPI research in all policy areas.

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