Radio program implores listeners to be countedFor the past two decades, experts have pushed the U.S. Census Bureau Noun 1. Census Bureau - the bureau of the Commerce Department responsible for taking the census; provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States
Bureau of the Census to get better at counting members of the fast-growing Hispanic population.
The nationÕs second-largest immigrant group, Asians and Pacific Islanders Pacific Islander
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2. A person of Polynesian, Micronesian, or Melanesian descent. See Usage Note at Asian. , also has its advocates when it comes to the census. That group also has its challenges, perhaps most notably the lack of a unifying language.
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ointment. Spensko-Edelman, the bureauÕs local liaison to Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Starting today and for the next 10 months, Spensko-Edelman will host a Tuesday afternoon radio show on KLAV KLAV Koninklijk Limburgs Apothekers Verbond (Dutch: Royal Limburgs Pharmacists' Association; the Netherlands) AM-1230 featuring voices speaking Asian and Pacific Islander languages to try to boost participation in the count next spring.
The effort reflects the federal governmentÕs increased awareness that minority and immigrant communities tend to be undercounted in the once-a-decade census. That not only shortchanges congressional redistricting redistricting: see legislative apportionment. and large federally funded programs, but also grass-roots, neighborhood programs reliant on federal funding.
With Asians and Pacific Islanders, the issue takes on additional meaning because in certain parts of the country, including Southern Nevada, the population has grown larger and more diverse since the 2000 census, while community groups representing each culture have tended to lag behind. From 2000 to 2004, for example, the valleyÕs Asian population grew 41Êpercent, more than other minority populations, according to according to
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This makes outreach Outreach is an effort by an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. in the Census Bureau more challenging, says Terry Ao, director of census and voting programs for the organization.
Spensko-Edelman is to launch her show today with guests from the Philippines and China, two of the largest Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the valley. For 30 minutes, they will alternate among Tagalog and Mandarin Mandarin (măn`dərĭn) [Port. mandar=to govern, or from Malay mantri=counselor of state], a high official of imperial China. For each of the nine grades there was a different colored button worn on the dress cap. Chinese and English and explain the purpose of the decennial de·cen·ni·al
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2. Occurring every ten years.
A tenth anniversary. , constitutionally mandated count. They will also make subtle variations in the message, tailored to their populations. Future shows will feature additional guests.
ÒMy strategy is to use trusted voices,Ó Spensko-Edelman says. ÒBy doing that, you break down barriers.Ó
Those barriers include, of course, language. Immigrants who are still learning English may not fully understand the census form when it arrives in the mail this spring. Locally, nearly three of every four Asians in the valley speak a language other than English at home, according to Census Bureau estimates.
Nationally, the federal government is advertising the 2010 census in an unprecedented 28 languages in order to reach immigrants.
Another obstacle for many of those immigrants is mistrust. If they are in the country illegally or have family members in that situation, they fear the Census Bureau will share information with other government agencies.
Spensko-EdelmanÕs guests will have to convince their communities of the truth — the Census Bureau is prohibited pro·hib·it
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2. by law from sharing information.
Then there is the fact that many immigrants ÒdonÕt even know what the census is,Ó Spensko-Edelman notes.
So every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. until July, people such as Leizel Trinidad will try to reach their compatriots with the message. Trinidad is Filipina, like Spensko-Edelman, and notes with pride that her community is the largest locally among Asian and Pacific Islanders, which are 7.1Êpercent of the valleyÕs total population, according to a 2007 Census Bureau estimate.
She owns the Philippine Times of Southern Nevada; fellow guest Helen Hsueh is publisher and owner of the Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. Daily Chinese News.
So-called ethnic media will be important in exhorting immigrant communities to participate in the census, according to New American Media, a California-based organization that hosted a round table on the subject in May.
Trinidad says Asians as a group tend to get overlooked in Southern Nevada because Hispanics have a larger population, an estimated 28Êpercent of the total, and get more attention. ÒBy being accurately counted, we can have more of a voice,Ó Trinidad says.
She also says she needs to do a bit of cheerleading The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. for her people, given that Òwe tend to try to blend inÓ and not get involved in civic, high-profile events. If she succeeds, Òthis could open doors and make us more involved in the future,Ó Trinidad says.
Hsueh says many valley residents of Chinese background are Òafraid to participate in things from the government.Ó
ÒI need to let them know, itÕs nothing bad ... itÕs not a trick.Ó
She thinks people will grasp the idea that Òwe are here, we live here, this is our home, our country,Ó so being counted is worthwhile.
At the same time, she notes one undeniable fact about the unusual project. The valleyÕs Chinese community, especially those who struggle with English, may not be used to listening to local talk radio. So she canÕt help but wonder: ÒWho will be listening?Ó
Timothy Pratt can be reached at 259-8828 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.