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Report charts aspects of Asian American life in the U.S., including political involvement

A comprehensive new report examines various aspects of life for Asian Americans in the United States, a population whose rate of growth surpassed that of Latinos between 2000 and 2010.

Compiled by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, the report draws from census data to examine political involvement, how Asian Americans are affected by immigration policies and other key issues. Among the highlights:

The political aspect is critical, with strong Asian American population growth seen during the last decade in politically important states like Nevada, where the number of Asian American residents grew by 116 percent. While Asian American voters could well influence next year's presidential election, there have long been complaints that these voters are underestimated by politicians, who focus on procuring Latino votes but do little outreach to Asian Americans.

Civic engagement also remains relatively low in comparison to other groups. Asian Americans have the lowest registration rate for eligible voters, compared with other ethnic groups and the general population. From the report:

Once registered, the rate of Asian American voter turnout still lags behind that of non-Hispanic Whites. Greater naturalization, voter registration, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts are needed if Asian Americans are to realize their untapped political potential. Bilingual voter assistance required under the federal Voting Rights Act remains critical to ensuring Asian American voters have full access to the ballot.

The report charts various other aspects of Asian American life, from entrepreneurial activity to home ownership and how Asian Americans have been affected by the economic crisis. The entire report can be downloaded here.