APALC works to promote a better understanding of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities by making data on AAs and NHPIs more accessible through research, technical assistance, and training.
APALC’s research focuses on:
Demographic profiles: APALC’s reports present the latest data on Asian American and NHPI communities in a clear and accessible way. Our Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders and Community of Contrasts reports include population counts, growth, and key socioeconomic characteristics such as age, immigration, language, education, income, employment, housing, and health for Asian American and NHPI communities as a whole, as well as specific ethnic groups. Given the social and economic diversity in these communities, data disaggregated by ethnic group is critical to fully understanding them.
Political participation: For nearly two decades, APALC has produced the most up-to-date and reliable data on Asian American political participation in Southern California. Drawing from exit poll data and analyses of voter registration and turnout, our Asian Americans and the Ballot Box series has documented tremendous growth in the Asian American electorate and promoted a better understanding of how Asian Americans vote.
Other areas: APALC has conducted important research on other policy issues impacting Asian Americans and NHPI communities, including language and limited-English proficiency, disaster preparedness, and marriage equality.
APALC is also a Census Information Center (CIC), an official program of the U.S. Census Bureau aimed at promoting the dissemination of census data in underserved communities.