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He was a member of the California State Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs when it endorsed state legislation that would provide Asian ethnicity data in health and public higher education.

This is not the first time Asian-American data collection has gotten pushback.

Similar protests in California erupted with the proposal of a bill that sought to increase the specificity of ethnicity data collected by state education and health agencies.

Such data tended to show Asian-Americans as a “model minority,” a relatively prosperous and highly educated group that did not need any public assistance.

But by gathering more detailed ethnicity data, they could make the case for targeted government programs on matters ranging from poverty alleviation to language assistance and mental health services.

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