At a recent Talks at Google event, RSF authors Jennifer Lee (Columbia University) and Karthick Ramakrishnan (University of California, Riverside) discussed their ongoing research from the 2016 National Asian American Survey (NAAS), a project supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. The NAAS is a scientific and nonpartisan effort to poll the opinions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, conducted by Lee, Ramakrishnan, Taeku Lee (University of California, Berkeley), and Janelle Wong (University of Maryland). The survey explores Asian Americans' political preferences, civic engagement, and labor force participation, among other topics.
In their talk, Lee and Ramakrishnan drew from the NAAS to highlight the diversity of the Asian American population and the importance of disaggregating data in order to understand where Asian Americans fit into racial and socioeconomic hierarchies in the U.S. today, among other topics.
Karthick Ramkrishnan, Taeku Lee, and Janelle Wong are co-authors of the RSF book Asian American Political Participation (2011). Jennifer Lee is co-author of the RSF books The Asian American Achievement Paradox (2015) and The Diversity Paradox (2012). Both Ramakrishnan and Jennifer Lee were Visiting Scholars at the foundation during the academic year of 2011-2012.