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Bill to count more ethnic groups heads to Brown

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

California Watch
 
Of the more than 57,000 Tongans in the United States, 40 percent – nearly 23,000 – live in California. But you won't find them identified in California data: The state does not require agencies to count them.
 
Under a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's approval, Tongans would be one of 10 additional Asian and Pacific Islander groups included in demographic data collected by two state agencies. Supporters say the expansion is an important first step in revealing disparities masked by aggregated ethnic data and in better targeting resources and services.

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