2008 National Asian American Survey

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Time: 5PM to 7PM

Place: Seyfarth Shaw LLP
620 Eighth Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10018-1405


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2008 National Asian American Survey
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The 2008 NAAS is a groundbreaking study of the contours and contexts of Asian American civic and political engagement.  Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Russell Sage Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics, the centerpiece of this study is a national, multiethnic, multi-lingual, multi-site survey of 5,159 Asians in United States.  This undertaking brings together a team of four investigators – Jane Junn (Rutgers University), S. Karthick Ramakrishnan (University of California, Riverside), Janelle Wong (University of Southern California), and Taeku Lee (University of California, Berkeley) – who are leading political scientists researching the politics of immigration, race and ethnicity, Asian American politics, and political behavior in the United States more generally. 

The survey will showcase the most comprehensive data yet available on the civic and political participation of Asians Americans. It will shed important new light on questions such as: When and why do Asian Americans become politically active?  Which issues and contexts define Asian Americans into a coherent and potentially mobilizable political group? How are Asian Americans likely to vote in the coming November elections? 

The survey combines innovations in sample design and survey methodology that include:

  • Comparing multiple measures of political engagement: from citizenship, registration, voting and campaign donations to non-electoral measures of engagement, such as protesting, religiosity, and organizational membership.
  • Integrating individual-level survey responses with contextual-level (zip code, county, state) data on demographic, economic, organizational, and political factors of interest.

Sampling a large enough number of Asian Americans to analyze:

  • six ethnic groups of interest – Asian  Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese.
  • eight languages – Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and English.
  • Asians in traditional immigrant “gateways” as well as those in “new destinations” like Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Interviews were conducted during August, September, and early October 2008.


  • Asian American Federation of NY
  • APIAVote
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Chhaya CDC
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • OCA New York Chapter
  • YKASEC - Empowering the Korean American Community

URL: www.naasurvey.com




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