Researching Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Congress

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month #APAHM. In honor of that, I want to share some of the resources I have used in my research on diversity in Congress.

  1. Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
    • APAICS is a non-partisan non-profit organization promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leadership in politics.
    • The organization has a Political Database that “is a comprehensive national directory of Asian American and Pacific Islander elected officials” currently in office.
    • The organization has also published an infographic and list of AAPI candidates running in the 2016 elections at both state and federal.
  2. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
    • This congressional membership organization has open membership, meaning that being of Asian Pacific heritage is not a requirement for membership. you can find a full list of members on the organization’s website.
  3. Congressional Research Service Reports
    • The CRS is a think tank that works for the U.S. Congress, in that it assists members of Congress and their staff in the policy making process.
    • Asian Americans in the United States Congress (2013): This CRS report includes historical data on Asian Pacific American membership in Congress since 1899 up until 2013, with brief descriptions of each congressperson’s tenure and committee assignments.
    • Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile (2015): Demographic profile of the 114th Congress, including race and ethnicity of its members.
  4. The Brookings Institution Vital Statistics on Congress
    • Chapter 1: Demographics of Members of Congress is a downloadable excel-formatted dataset that includes a listing of the total number of Asian Americans who have served in Congress by year and by party.

To see my list of resources for research on Hispanics in Congress click here.

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