Asian and Pacific Islander Data Disaggregation

The Asian and Pacific Islander American community is the fastest growing group in the United States. It is estimated that the API population will double to over 47 million by 2060. Despite these numbers, our communities are among the most unheard and understudied racial and ethnic groups.

Disaggregated data on Asian and Pacific Islander communities would better facilitate proper dissemination of funds and support to address the intersection of diverse needs of our community.

In Massachusetts, proposed House Bill 3361 would require state agencies to collect disaggregated racial and ethnic data on Asians and Pacific Islanders living in our Commonwealth. This is an important step toward ensuring all of our community members are supported.


This page will soon be updated with resources on H.3361.

In the meantime, please refer to the resources available below.


Why Disaggregate? Disparities in AAPI Health

Currently, federal agencies are not required to count detailed data for Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Americans. In many cases, reporting by racial group can mask important differences among Asian and NHPI sub-groups. Thus, AAPI communities often remain misrepresented, under-funded, and left out of policy and program decision making.


Why Disaggregate? Big Differences in Language Access

The census defines limited English Proficiency as those who do not speak a language other than English at home and speak English less than “very well.” Among Asian Americans, there is a wide range of variation with nearly 80% of Bhutanese limited English proficient compared to just 27% of Asian Indians.