San Francisco | Briefing: Survey of Asian American and Pacific Islander workers in CA

Research, politicians, and philanthropy often group Asia American and Pacific Islanders as one demographic, even though they represent a diversity of countries and speak more than a dozen languages. The lack of community-specific data often masks very different experiences and perspectives for AAPI populations. 

This was true for 2018 research that The James Irvine Foundation commissioned about California workers, so in 2019 Irvine commissioned an additional survey of Asian American and Pacific Islander workers for nine AAPI communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, South Indian, and Vietnamese. The research and its development and promotion have provided noteworthy lessons for philanthropy working with and on behalf of AAPI communities. 

Learn more about the report, and even read it in its entirety here

Join Us To

  • Learn about experiences and perspectives of different AAPI workers in California, many of whom struggle with povery
  • Learn surprising findings and notable takeaways from the research
  • Learn how philanthropy and researchers can better reach out to and learn from different populations typically excluded in data


Robert Jones, Chief Executive Officer, PRRI

Robert P. Jones is the CEO and Founder of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity,” and “The End of White Christian America,” which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Jones writes a column for The Atlantic online on politics and culture and is frequently featured in major national media such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. Jones serves on the national program committee for the American Academy of Religion and is a past member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Politics and Religion, a journal of the American Political Science Association. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.S. in computing science and mathematics from Mississippi College. Jones was selected by Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013, and by Mississippi College’s Mathematics Department as Alumnus of the Year in 2016.

Before founding PRRI, Jones worked as a consultant and senior research fellow at several think tanks in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.


Karthick Ramakrishnan, Director of AAPI Data and Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside 

Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside, and founding director of the Center for Social Innovation. He is also a Board Member of The California Endowment and Chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He has published many articles and 6 books, including most recently, Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016) and The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and has written dozens of opeds and appeared in over 1,000 news stories. 

He was recently named to the Frederick Douglass 200 and is currently writing a book on state citizenship in the United States. For his most up-to-date bio, CV, and publications, visit


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