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Hawaii leads way in ethnicity data


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2013

~~<p>Hawaii folks have always found one aspect of federal government data collection particularly puzzling. How can it make sense that all the disparate cultures and groups of the Asia-Pacific region are frequently lumped together into one category?</p>
<p>The plain fact is that it doesn't make sense, and now it seems professionals, particularly in the education field, are starting to grasp how distorted a picture one sees through such a wide lens. This clearer understanding may be late in coming, but falls into that &quot;better late than never&quot; category. It's happening just as Census Bureau figures show Asians to be America's fastest-growing racial or ethnic group.</p>
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Hawaii folks have always found one aspect of federal government data collection particularly puzzling. How can it make sense that all the disparate cultures and groups of the Asia-Pacific region are frequently lumped together into one category?

The plain fact is that it doesn't make sense, and now it seems professionals, particularly in the education field, are starting to grasp how distorted a picture one sees through such a wide lens. This clearer understanding may be late in coming, but falls into that "better late than never" category. It's happening just as Census Bureau figures show Asians to be America's fastest-growing racial or ethnic group. Login for more...



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