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Aggregated data masks Asian disparities in Maryland and U.S.

Capital News Service — Aggregated race data – which lumps Asians into one category despite their different countries of origin – is masking health and educational disparities in Asian American communities, people across Maryland and the country told Capital News Service.


Nationally, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group, increasing 36% from 2010 to 2020, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of census data in September.

They come from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds across Asia, but aggregated data may represent some groups more than others, said Neil Ruiz, associate director of race and ethnicity research at the Pew Research Center, in an email to Capital News Service.

Maryland Sees Growth in Racial Diversity, but Challenges Persist

When one considers the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the U.S., states such as CaliforniaHawaii and Texas likely come to mind. The data backs this up: All three rank in the top 10 for the U.S. Census Bureau's diversity metric, according to 2020 census data released in August.

But there's another state that might surprise you: Maryland. Not only does the state rank No. 4 overall for diversity, but it saw the biggest increase – a bump of nearly seven percentage points from 2010 to 2020 – among the top 10, according to data provided by the bureau. It's also now the most diverse state on the East Coast.

‘Unacceptable’ — Montgomery Co. leaders react to reports of racist abuse at high school games.

Principals from two Montgomery County, Maryland, high schools met with students and school equity teams Monday to deal with racist comments made at recent sporting events.

The incidents happened at girls’ soccer and volleyball games between students from Einstein and Sherwood high schools Sept. 30 and Oct. 4. At each, students and student-athletes from Einstein were subjected to what Einstein principal Mark Brown called in a letter to parents “racist and sexist” comments from the Sherwood spectator section.

Brown said the comments led Sherwood principal Tim Britton to call him and apologize.

On Monday, the two schools sought to meet up in what Brown called “restorative circles,” aiming to “highlight and work through the harm” that bigoted language can cause.



Excited about this approach toward philanthropy!

“The aim of the Gold Futures Grants Challenge is to provide critical resources to AAPI-serving organizations while increasing and democratizing philanthropy. Through the Gold Futures Grants Challenge, the public can learn about AAPI causes and organizations and vote to award funding to projects that help AAPIs to be Seen, Heard, and Empowered.”

Advancing Equity for AAPI Communities

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have long struggled for belonging, safety, and equity in the United States, but this struggle has reached a new level. The Asian American Foundation, looking to inform its efforts and priorities, engaged the Urban Institute to conduct a landscape study of the AAPI advocacy ecosystem, surfacing the voices and perspectives of organizations leading social change to achieve greater inclusion and belonging of AAPI communities. The landscape study engaged AAPI organizations to gain their perspectives on the challenges they face, their assets and opportunities, and how to invest in the field’s future.


Meet May Soe Min and Amy Zhai, founders of the Asian American Progressive Student Union. In honor of Asian American and Pacific.

Meet May Soe Min and Amy Zhai, founders of the Asian American Progressive Student Union. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are celebrating the achievements and contributions of Montgomery County residents from the AAPI community.

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