AB 1088 Passage from Assembly Committee



Sacramento, CA -Today Assemblymember Mike Eng marks the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1088 from the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions & Consumer Protection on a bipartisan vote of 5 to 0.

Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (APALC), Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE), and Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network (APIsCAN), this proposal requires every state agency, board or commission that already collects demographic data to include the full spectrum of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) ethnicities in their data collection, consistent with those groups reported by the U.S. Census. In addition, it requires four key state agencies to make this information available to the public by posting it on their respective agency website to ensure a level of transparency and accountability.

“Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are not a homogenous group, but instead encompass a great variety of social and economic conditions,” said Assemblymember Eng.  “Understanding these population characteristics contextualizes the state of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California and can more effectively guide policy formulation to address both systemic and specific causes of disparities within these populations.”

“APALC strongly supports requiring the state to disaggregate data by specific Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups, to help show the great disparities in education, health and income that exist within the API community,” said An Le, statewide network manager and former statewide Census manager for APALC. “We applaud Assemblymember Eng for his leadership on this issue and thank the Assembly for passing AB1088.  We urge the Senate to swiftly approve this very important bill.” 

Current law already requires the collection and disaggregation of some Asian and Pacific Islander groups, such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Korean.  However, current law does not include many other important Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ethnic groups.  The latest 2010 Census numbers makes the passage of this bill more compelling for the State of California. According to the 2010 Census, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders comprise 15.5 percent of California’s population and represent the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the state, increasing nearly 34 percent since 2000.

“APIsCAN’s membership of direct service providers views disaggregated data as vital information that enable us to develop tailored and appropriate strategies and programs,” stated Diane Ujiiye of APIsCAN.  “We save time and precious resources by knowing up front what the specific patterns are of our distinct communities.  AB 1088 is long overdue.”

In the past two years, Assemblymember Mike Eng released two reports in collaboration with the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multi-Campus Research Program on the State of AANHPI Health and Education in California, respectively. The reports are the first comprehensive studies of their kind that shows the profile of not only Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ethnic groups living in California, but details the need to disaggregate the data for other AANHPI subgroups.

Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.  APALC is amember of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice which also includes Asian American Institute (Chicago, Il), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC) and Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco, CA)

Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor | Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: 213.977.7500 | Fax: 213.977.7595 | info@apalc.org


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