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The Hobby Lobby Minefield


The Affordable Care Act (ACA), much like women’s health, is a point of frequent contention in Washington and the courts. On June 30, 2014, those two points converged when the Supreme Court, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, dealt a blow to an ACA provision specific to women’s health: the birth control benefit. i The ACA […]


Sex-Selective Abortion Bans in the Wake of the ACA: Gendered Perspectives on Son Preference and a Reproductive Justice Framework


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has many implications for Asian Pacific Islander American (API) women’s reproductive and sexual health, including provisions calling for preventive services, increased funding for mental health and community health centers, and ethnically disaggregated data collection. The political climate following the passage of the ACA has given rise to […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Asian American Perspectives on Ferguson


The Asian American Policy Review editorial team has been keeping a close eye on the events in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere around the country. The issue of whether justice was served has riveted and divided communities across the nation. Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities too have been divided on the grand jury decision to […]


Debunking Model Minority: California Report Finds Differences in Health Outcomes within Asian American Community


The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released findings from the most recent California Health Interview Survey (2011-2012) on various health indicators among adult Californians, including insurance status, nutrition, clinical health outcomes, health behaviors, food insecurity, and English proficiency. Health profiles were published for all racial groups and provided disaggregated data for several Asian American […]


Advancing the Asian American and Pacific Islander Data Quality Campaign: Data Disaggregation Practice and Policy


Abstract This study examines the impact of disaggregated data on shaping programs, services, and improving student outcomes for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student populations at Coastline Community College (CCC). Using a mixed methods approach, including institutional data analysis and semi-structured staff interviews to examine the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander–Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) […]

Social Innovation and Philanthropy

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: The Impact of Sex-Selective Abortion Bans on Asian American and Pacific Islander Women


Abstract Increasingly, a type of abortion ban that exploits the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is becoming a trend in the United States. Using racial stereotypes and relying on information from Asian countries, lawmakers are passing laws that criminalize doctors for performing abortions that are based on the sex of the fetus. Sex-selective […]


Medicaid Parity for Pacific Migrant Populations in the United States


Abstract Under the Compact of Free Association (COFA), citizens from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands—also known as COFA migrants—are granted broad migration rights in exchange for providing the United States the use of and access to strategic military defense positioning in the Pacific. For many years, these […]

Social Policy

From Lau v. Nichols to the Affordable Care Act: Forty Years of Ensuring Meaningful Access in Health Care


Abstract This article commemorates Lau v. Nichols on its fortieth anniversary by examining language access rights in the new era of health care reform following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Language assistance services are critical to accessing health care. Starting with Lau and ending with the ACA’s nondiscrimination provision, this article surveys the progression […]


Shaping the Mainstream As An Asian American Woman: Politics Within Politics


Abstract This commentary illustrates how women of color, including Asian Americans, are rarely associated with having an active role in American politics. Based upon my experiences as the communications director for a state legislative race in Virginia, I shed light on hidden stereotypes associated with the intersection of gender, race, and nationality that emerge within political […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Educational Equity: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be


Educational Equity: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be Since 2001, Congressman Mike Honda has represented the 17th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Silicon Valley, the birthplace of technology innovation and the leading region for the development of the technologies of tomorrow. First as a […]

Poverty, Inequality and Opportunity

Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage Among Asian Americans


Abstract Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, and yet they have some of the highest rates of being uninsured when disaggregated into ethnic subgroups. Analyzing U.S. Census data from the 2008 to 2010 American Community Surveys, this article seeks to identify factors contributing to disparities in health insurance coverage among […]


Completing the Mission: An Interview with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth


In 2004, Tammy Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on 12 November 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use […]

Public Leadership and Management

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