Rep. Ted Lieu Calls Upon U.S. Census Bureau To Include “Taiwanese” Check Box On Census 2020 Form
Before the 2000 Census, FAPA already started the campaign for a separate check off box for “Taiwanese” under the race question. Then FAPA President Wen-yen Chen appeared as a witness to a congressional hearing before the Subcommittee on the Census in 1998. However, at the time, FAPA was informed by the Census Bureau that a 1997 State Department memorandum stipulated that the “listing of “Taiwanese” as a race in a Census questionnaire would inevitably raise sensitive political questions…contrary to the U.S. Government policy and U.S. national interest.”
Over the years, many Taiwanese American organizations campaigned for a “Taiwanese” check-off box. In 2008, the Taiwanese American Citizens League made a video starring prominent Taiwanese Americans, calling for the same, in which Ted Lieu participated.
Last October, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) urged the United States Census Bureau to add a separate “Taiwanese” check-off box in the Census 2020.
In a letter to Director of the U.S. Census Bureau Mr. John Thompson dated March 28, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) called for a “Taiwanese” check box as well: “It is time the U.S. Census Bureau’s forms and data collection accurately reflect the residents of our great nation. I respectfully request that the U.S. Census Bureau expand the list of check-off boxes to include “Bangladeshi, Fijian, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, and Tongan.”
As a California State Senator, in 2011, Lieu co-authored a bill that required state agencies to include these ancestries and races in their data collection and tabulations. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law.
FAPA President Peter Chen states: “The current policy of the Census Bureau to exclude a Taiwanese check off box is solely a U.S. self-imposed restriction. We must have accurate data on how many Taiwanese Americans there are today. There should be no outside political influence preventing the United States to count us. We want to be counted!”
Peter Chen concludes: “FAPA thanks the effort of the entire Taiwanese American community on this very important issue.”
March 28, 2017
John H. Thompson
U.S. Census Bureau
4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233
Dear Director Thompson:
Thank you for your service. What makes America great is that we are a diverse nation. The U.S. Census Bureau recognizes that fact by providing check-off boxes on the census form for various ethnicities such as Filipino, Korean, Guamanian, Samoan and many others. But it arbitrarily excludes check-off boxes for ethnicities such as Malaysian, Pakistani, Taiwanese, Tongan and many others. Why would there be a box for Filipino but not Malaysian, for Korean but not Pakistani, for Samoan but not Tongan? There is no logic that can support the way the census form is constructed. I write to request that the U.S. Census Bureau correct these arbitrary exclusions.
I have worked for many years to fix the issue of our government selectively picking certain ethnicities over others. As a California State Assembly member in 2007, I authored a bill that required state agencies to include “Bangladeshi, Fijian, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, and Tongan” in their data collection and tabulations (AB 295). The bill passed the legislature but was vetoed by the Governor. As a California State Senator in 2011, I coauthored a bill that essentially did the same thing (AB 1088). The Governor signed the legislation.
It is time the U.S. Census Bureau’s forms and data collection accurately reflect the residents of our great nation. I respectfully request that the U.S. Census Bureau expand the list of check-off boxes to include “Bangladeshi, Fijian, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, and Tongan.”
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Should you want to discuss this with my staff, please contact etc….
TED W. LIEU
Member of Congress
過去多年來，一直有許多台美團體持續推廣在人口調查表族群問題下另加入台灣人的選項。例如在2008年，台美公民協會(Taiwanese American Citizens League)特別製作一個影片來推廣這個議題，影片中有眾多知名的台美人入鏡支持，其中也包含台裔眾議員劉雲平(D-CA)。