Media Advisory: Landmark survey of California’s Asian American political views

ATTENTION: Reporters covering state and national politics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, race and demographics

WHAT: Release of the National Asian American Survey’s 2012 report on the political and social attitudes of California’s Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The state has the largest Asian American population in the country, with more than 14 percent of California’s population being Asian American or Pacific Islander.

The report, based on a NAAS telephone survey of 1,200 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California, will include views on affirmative action, healthcare reform the U.S. Senate race, and key state ballot propositions.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 2

WHERE: The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles.
Reporters wishing to call in remotely can contact Daniel Ichinose at

WHO: Speakers will include:

  • Karthick Ramakrishnan,  NAAS director and associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside
  • Taeku Lee, professor of political science and law at UC Berkeley, and NAAS principal investigator
  • Reshma Shamasunder, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center
  • Manju Kulkarni, executive director of the South Asian Network
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center staff working on voting rights and affirmative action

BACKGROUND: The NAAS is the most comprehensive effort ever to poll the opinions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Visit for more information about the 2012 survey or to subscribe to press alerts or follow @naasurvey on Twitter. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.