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Conversation with Jaywon Kim, ASAM Fellow.
Title: “Count Us In: Asian American Responsiveness to Census 2020 Outreach.”
Description: In a nation that has long exploited Asian bodies while also rendering them as the “other,” a once-in-a-decade event is occurring: the 2020 Census. Asian Americans are the demographic group least likely to fill out the Census, despite its enormous potential for securing federal/state resources and political representation. This project explores the different social and cultural barriers to participation and investigates the efforts of Asian American organizations to convince their communities of the need to make themselves count.
Bio: Jaywon is a senior majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in globalization. After learning about the Census in her ASAM 190 class and volunteering with Philly Counts 2020, she plans to investigate the success of various community efforts to count the AAPI population in the 2020 Census. On campus, she is also involved in the PPE Undergraduate Advisory Board, the Penn Association for Gender Equity, and the Political Coalition. In her free time, you might find her reading Hercule Poirot mysteries, baking eclairs, or bragging about Arizona sunsets.