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There are numerous reasons why full participation is in the Census 2000 is important to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities The estimated undercount of the Asian Pacific Islander community in 1990 was 23 Because census data is the basis for almost all demographic information used by policy makers educators and community leaders undercounted communities miss out on their fair share of federal funding for services adequate governmental representation and enforcement of civil rights laws that prevent discrimination An undercount prevents government and other agencies from planning for and implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate services for the Asian Pacific Islander community US Census Bureau Unfortunately the Asian Pacific Islander community is at risk for a high undercount in the upcoming census Undercounts tend to be high in communities in which there are language barriers resistance to outsiders suspicion of government disbelief of census confidentiality non-traditional household living arrangements irregular housing large numbers of children large proportions of renters and among people or families who are highly mobile US Census Bureau One important reason for full participation by Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is the need for adequate governmental representation Reapportionment occurs after every census which is when political districts are reconfigured to reflect changes in the population When Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are not counted they are not assigned the correct number of representatives It is important that they have a voice in the government There is a need for political empowerment among the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and that can happen only when there is accurate representation which is the result of an accurate census count Another important reason for the full participation of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is the need for community funding Hundreds of billions of dollars in federal state and county funding are allocated each year on the basis of census information This money is used to support schools employment services housing assistance
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