Did the last census overcount Asian Americans? It depends on where you look
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy set to be the 1st woman and person of color to direct a 'Star Wars' film
“Asian Americans recorded the fastest population growth rate among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, study finds.”
While this statistic may seem optimistic, there’s more to the story. The growth of the Asian American population in the U.S. has occurred in tandem with increased reports of discrimination and violence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
As our community grows, we are getting louder, we are telling our authentic stories…and we are making news headlines.
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Did the last census overcount Asian Americans? It depends on where you look — A new report is complicating an unusual finding from the U.S. Census Bureau's own report card on the accuracy of its 2020 head count of the country's population: a national overcount of Asian Americans.
A new report is complicating an unusual finding from the U.S. Census Bureau's own report card on the accuracy of its 2020 head count of the country's population: a national overcount of Asian Americans.
The tallying of U.S. residents more than once at different addresses drives overcounting in census results, which — despite their flaws — are used to determine political representation, guide federal funding and inform policymaking and research across the United States.
The bureau estimates it had a net overcount rate of 2.62% for Asian Americans in the last census. That marked the first time Asian Americans had a statistically significant overcount at the national level since the bureau started trying to measure how well it tallied the country's Asian population, along with other racial groups, more than three decades ago.
But since the bureau announced that overcount estimate for Asian Americans more than a year ago, many census watchers have been warning that it shouldn't be taken just at face value.
Now, new analysis suggests the last census may have actually undercounted, or left out of the tally, Asian Americans in some states, including Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming. That's according to a report recently released by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, the leading national advocacy group on census participation among Asian Americans.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy set to be the 1st woman and person of color to direct a 'Star Wars' film — The director, known for her work as a documentarian, is one of three directors working on films for the franchise.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, an Academy Award-winning and International Emmy Award-winning director and journalist, will be the first person of color and the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” film.
She will direct one of the three upcoming films announced Friday at Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023. The film, which will be set after 2019’s “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” will focus on Jedi Master Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she builds a new Jedi order.
Obaid-Chinoy, who is Pakistani Canadian, shared her excitement about the role on Instagram.
“I’ve spent my life meeting real life heroes, who have overcome the most oppressive empires and battled impossible odds and that to me is the heart of Star Wars...which is why I was attracted to the promise of a new Jedi Order …And why I’m particularly excited about being immersed inside a Jedi Academy with a powerful Jedi Master,” she wrote.
Fans and critics agree: ‘Beef’ is one of the best shows of the year — The U.S. series is No. 1 on Netflix for TV shows in the U.S.
Netflix’s new series “Beef” is receiving overwhelming praise from critics and fans, with many calling it one of the best shows of 2023.
The series, which debuted last Thursday, follows strangers Danny Cho (Steven Yeun), a failing contractor, and Amy Lau (Ali Wong), a successful entrepreneur, as their feud after a road rage incident unravels their relationships and lives in Southern California.
The 10-episode series, which features Asian American lead actors but doesn't make race a focal point, is No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 list for TV shows in the U.S. It's No. 3 on Netflix’s Top 10 list for English TV shows overall, with over 34 million hours viewed.
Lovers of the show applaud it for its writing and its depiction of generational trauma and all-consuming rage.
Critics are calling the show one of the best they’ve seen and complimenting Yeun and Wong on their performances.
The positive reactions were echoed on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, where audience members gave the series 92% and 8.4/10, respectively.
🏆 On top…
Cookbook author Grace Young for her Chinatown advocacy — Self proclaimed ‘Stir-fry Guru’ Grace Young was named one of USA Today’s Women of the Year, an award given to women by the outlet for their significant impact on their communities and the country.
‘38 at the Garden’ at the Sports Emmys — HBO Max Documentary “38 at the Garden” has received three nominations for the 44th annual Sports Emmy Awards.
🍿 Cast list…
…Chrissy Teigen, Ronny Chieng to star in new Netflix animated series ‘Mulligan’ — Created by Robert Carlock and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” writer and executive producer Sam Means, the show takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth following an alien invasion. Teigen will play Lucy Suwan, a woman who had a fling with Matty during the invasion. Chieng will voice Johnny Zhao, a billionaire from Hong Kong who endeavors to make money relevant again in a society that no longer sees its significance.
…François Chau joins HBO Max series ‘The Penguin’ starring Colin Farrell — Chau, along with Carmen Ejogo and David H. Holmes, will join a star-studded cast that includes Colin Farrell, who is reprising his role from Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.”
…Chris Pang joins Hulu’s ‘Interior Chinatown’ series — “Crazy Rich Asians” star Chris Pang will play Older Brother, the charming and popular sibling of Willis Wu, Yang's character and the show's protagonist
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✍️, Lea @ Crushing the Myth