The issue of the Japanese American internment during World War II, and the role that census data played in the internment, keeps resurfacing. It came to light that the Census Bureau shared information about where Japanese Americans resided in the country during World War II when the laws protecting census data were not as strong as they are today. We learned many lessons from our experiences during World War II and steps have been taken to ensure this would not happen again. Here are some talking points about the Japanese American Internment and Census 2010:
Share your thoughts about the importance of the census to our community and enter a chance to win a Netbook! Answer this question: "Starting May 1 through early summer, census takers will be going to households that did not mail back a form to complete the census form. What do you plan on doing to help educate the community, your family, and friends that this process is continuing and they need to talk to the census taker so that they can complete their census form?"
The winner is of our drawing of the Wii from last month's entries is Alofa Taliva'a from San Jose, CA. Read what the Census means to Alofa.
Learn how your if your own neighborhood is doing what it can to secure the resources you deserve for your community by being counted. To find your area's 2010 Census participation rate using the map, enter your zip code, or your city and state, in the search field and click the “Find” button. Once you do this, a national view of the map will appear with a data window on the exact location you chose. The mail participation rate for that area will be featured prominently within that window.
The 2010 Census survey forms are coming to your family's mail boxes. Now is your chance to let the government know how you want your taxpayer dollars to be spent. Watch this fun video to find out why filling out the Census survey and returning it by April 1 is so important. TAKE THE PLEDGE! Now available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Laotian, Hmong, Hindi, Tongan, and Samoan.
This newly developed brochure provides information on the importance of filling out the 2010 Census, answers to some frequently asked questions, and a timeline on Census 2010 activities to promote and encourage census response rates for Asian Americans. It will be provided in over 25 Asian and Pacific Islander languages. Check back here in a week for all other translations.