A hearing was held in the California legislature this week focusing on the challenges facing Asian American young men and boys, reports Asian Week.
“As the first Filipino American legislator in the history of our state, and the father of a Filipino Puerto Rican American son, I’m well aware of a lot of the disparate impacts facing our boys and men of color,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) during opening remarks.
Those in attendance recognized that more attention has focused on the barriers facing African American and Latino men, but they point out with AAPI’s now making up 15 percent of California’s population, a wider net needs to be cast.
“Widening the lens to include API boys and men of color is critical, but we need to focus the lens to really see important disparities between the diverse communities that make up APIs,,” testified Jonathan Tran of the Southeast Asia Resource and Action Center.
The hearing was part of California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.
Among the groups testifying were Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, California Immigrant Policy Center/Health4All, Japanese Community Youth Council and Khmer Girls in Action.
You can read comments from each of those groups in Asian Week.