Can you donate today to support our campaign?
TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s goal is to raise at least $10,000 to augment our campaign and to purchase TV broadcast airtime on ethnic media channels to reach the wider Taiwanese American audience. We are severely underfunded for this effort, but we recognize that this is our one chance this decade. Will you help us?
As 2010 approaches, it’s yet another year for the US Census Bureau to gather data on residents in the United States. One major issue for our Taiwanese American community is the lack of accurate identification of those who have ties to Taiwan.
In the 2000 Census, there were only 144,795 Taiwanese identified. Anyone who is actively involved in our Taiwanese American community knows that this is inaccurate. Current working estimates of the Taiwanese American population is probably in the range of at least 1 million. We are severely under counted by at least 80%!
Accurate Census enumeration of Taiwanese Americans is extraordinarily important because the Census is the only potential source of data on the size, geographic distribution, and demographic characteristics of the Taiwanese-identifying population in the United States, and this in turn affects funding and representation for our community. Without an accurate count, there will be no concrete evidence that a substantial number of individuals in the U.S. identify as Taiwanese. Simply put, we need to be counted in the Census in order to prove our very existence.
The main issue in the US Census is the lack of an identification check box that allows us to easily identify ourselves as of Taiwanese descent. So, for now, we are the “Other Asian” and we need to declare our identity by writing in “TAIWANESE” in the 2010 Census.
Make a difference. Spread the word. It’s time to represent.
Visit our campaign website for more videos and info about the cast & crew:
Students! Check this out! $500 scholarship opportunties from the Taiwanese American Citizens League to support the Census campaign. High school and college students eligible! That’s right. A good idea or an essay can get you $500. The deadline is February 1st for high school students, and February 12th for college students/organizations.
For more information about the campaign and the scholarship applications, visit:
THANKS TO OUR KIND DONORS (as of 3/8/10)
Charlie C. of Fremont, CA
Joan P. of Honolulu, HI
Christine S. of Los Angeles, CA
Sarah W. of Mountain View, CA
Carolyn W. of Piscataway, NJ
Barry H. of Pasadena, CA
Julie C. of New York, NY
Mark W. of Walnut, CA