Welcome National CAPACD Convention Attendees! We greatly appreciate being one of CAPACD’s research and advocacy partners for 20 Years. Here is to another 20 Years of housing justice, cross-racial solidarity, and a more equitable society!
Established in 1969, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) has been at the forefront of producing and disseminating knowledge of the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through research, documentation, publications and civic engagement. AASC is a national research center advancing historical, transformative and interdisciplinary scholarship by bridging research with community voices.
The UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK) is dedicated to translating its research to inform actionable neighborhood-related policies and programs that contribute to positive social change. We specialize in empirical spatial analysis and emphasizes the study of diversity, differences, and disparities among neighborhoods, and explicitly covers immigrant enclaves, low-income neighborhoods and minority communities.
AASC PROJECTS & RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
In response to the current pandemic, AASC launched the COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub (translatecovid.org), a freely accessible website with critical information about COVID-19 in 40 languages. Developed in partnership with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, this searchable site is designed to provide information to immigrant and non-English speaking populations who are often disparately affected by the current pandemic. AASC is also producing #TranslateCOVID videos to promote slowing the spread of the virus through handwashing, wearing a mask, and socially distancing (soon to be released), with additional versions in other languages to be released soon. Be sure to follow us on YouTube and visit and share the #TranslateCOVID site for more in-language resources. Want to support the project? Add your resource suggestions here or donate online today.
Published by UCLA’s AASC Press, AAPI Nexus is a national journal focusing on policies, practices and community research to benefit the nation’s burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. AAPI Nexus draws from professional schools and applied social science scholars as well as practitioners and public policy advocates with the goal of reinvigorating Asian American Studies’ mission of serving communities and generating practical research. The upcoming issue “Inflection Point 2020: Coronavirus, Census and Elections for AAPIs?” will offer a perspective of how the coronavirus, census, presidential election or the interaction among the three will impact Asian Pacific America. View past issues for free at aapinexus.org.
This report shows that the 2020 Census will severely undercount immigrants, low-income people and people of color. The authors recommend developing data and methods that enable researchers and statisticians to adjust the count and produce a more accurate and unbiased numerical picture of America and its people.
As an official partner of the U.S. Census Bureau, AASC has been raising awareness that the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important. We partnered with faculty to develop the 2020 Census Engagement Project at UCLA, a series of student-led projects that developed 2020 Census outreach materials for hard to count communities. AASC also annually shares statistical portraits of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations produced by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Our COVID-19 Equity Research Initiative started in response to the pandemic crisis. The Initiative is an effort to analyze the direct and indirect impacts of the current pandemic, with a focus on understanding racial and economic disparities. The goal is to provide timely insights to policy makers, community stakeholders and others who are addressing economic, social and political disruptions. Our recent COVID-19 related research can be found at https://knowledge.luskin.ucla.edu/news/ with some briefs presented below.
Service workers in hospitality and sales workers in retail are highly impacted by COVID-19 related closures. Amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, Asian and Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles County are most vulnerable to negative economic consequences due to workforce concentration in these service and sales sectors.
This report examines the relative difficulty or ease of complying with mandates to “shelter-in-place” during the pandemic in Los Angeles County. The report finds that blacks and Latinos face the highest burdens to sheltering in place.
The report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected homeowners’ inability to pay mortgages, signaling an unprecedented housing crisis and revealing huge racial disparities among homeowners.