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Despite the stereotype of AAPI workers as high-paid technical professionals, the reality is AAPI workers are overrepresented at the high and low end of wages — and face particular barriers to moving up.

A recent report digs deeper into the experiences and perspectives of California’s AAPI workers.

The James Irvine Foundation commissioned AAPI Data and the Public Religion Research Institute to survey AAPI communities in seven languages.

The numbers are telling: Nearly four in 10 (38%) AAPI workers in California struggle with poverty.

In the past year, six in 10 (59%) struggling AAPI workers report at least one negative experience (injury, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, being underpaid).

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