Summit Event: AAPI & Census 2020 Complete Count, 1:20 pm 

  • Moderator: Edwin Tan, AACI Director of Advocacy & Development
  • Nick Kuwada, Manager, Office of the Census, Santa Clara County
  • Anne Im, Immigration Program Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Kelly Batson, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way Bay Area
  • Discussant: Karthick Ramakrishnan, Director, Center for Social Innovation

The panel discussion focused on the following subjects:

Why does the Census Matter?


  • $ 675 distributed annually
  • California’s share $ 76 billions
  • Funding is distributed based on Census

Political Power:

  • Congressional representation
  • Reapportionment and redistricting
  • 1990 undercounted cost a California Congressional seat

What are some of the barriers to an accurate count?

  • Citizenship question may be intimidating
  • Language barrier
  • Multiple families live under one roof
  • Not enough ethnic volunteers, community outreach persons, paid staff
  • Undocumented status
  • Distrust of immigration enforcement
  • Cultural barriers
  • The census will be taken online which could be a barrier to participants who are less computer literate.

What actions are being taken?

  • Santa Clara County established the Office of Census with a website to inform and to make sure that our communities are not undercounted.
  • United Way is hiring staff and giving grants to ensure the 2020 census is taken correctly.
  • SVCF (Silicon Valley Community Foundation) is engaging in advocacy and grant-making to Bay Area nonprofits as part of the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative.
  • All the participating organization has websites where you can find more information.
  • AAPI Data has many sources of census information as it relates to Asian Americans on their website.
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