Jim Zogby to Wolf Blitzer: Arab American Community is ‘Bridge’ to the Arab World

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Blog

AAI President Jim Zogby joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Kate Bolduan in the Situation Room last night to discuss a wide range of Middle East foreign policy issues as well as AAI’s recent poll on the Arab American vote in 2012. Dr. Zogby was joined by Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. While AAI’s poll shows that jobs and the economy rate as the two most important issues concerning Arab Americans this election cycle, foreign policy is also among the top issues. With unfolding events in the Middle East continuing...

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Finally, Arab Americans to be counted in the US Census

Posted by on August 12, 2012 in News Clips

We welcome the recent decision by the US Census Bureau to expand the race categories it uses to count US residents. Notwithstanding, this is a controversial step that will displease many groups, but for Arab Americans, the prospects of being fully counted is a welcome step even though some have expressed reservations.

The recent recommendations released by the US Census stems from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. The objective of the recommendations is to keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race by making broad changes to these surveys that would treat...

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Census seeks changes in how it measures race

Posted by Fox News on August 08, 2012 in News Clips

WASHINGTON –  To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners.

The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. Still it could face stiff resistance from some racial and ethnic groups who worry that any kind of wording change in the high-stakes government count could yield a lower tally for them.

"This is...

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Why Aren’t More Arab Americans Working in Mainstream Journalism?

Posted by Columbia Journalism Review on January 31, 2012 in News Clips

There are anywhere between 3.5 and 5.1 million Americans of Arab descent, according to figures from the Arab American Institute, yet relatively few work in journalism full time. While meaningful estimates aren’t known, as journalism scholars that conduct demographic research in American newsrooms do not typically tally newsmakers of Arab descent, the National Arab American Journalists Association counts around 250 members, and half of those work for Arab American ethnic news organizations. (It should be said that the US government estimates upwards of two million Arab Americans, but the federal government essentially surrenders authority on this figure, as census forms...

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State Profiles

Posted on January 16, 2012
The Following profiles and population figures are drawn from the most recently published ACS;It is important to note that census ancestry data have historically undercounted the Arab American population, and community leaders estimate the undercount to be by as much as two-thirds. Arab ancestry responses do, however, provide valuable information on the changing demographics of this population, such as trends in family size, education levels, language proficiency, occupation, etc. The Arab American Institute s to work with the Census Bureau to improve the accuracy and availability of data concerning our community. Arab American Populations in 50 States
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The Census, Apportionment and You

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog

Census figures do more than track population growth. (Including the 43% jump in Asian population —the category that includes Arab Americans. It’s the single largest increase of any ethnic group in the US over the last decade.)

The figures also dictate Congressional apportionment, and this year’s changes will have a big impact on Arab Americans. Seven of the 20 states that will gain or lose seats are Arab American population centers. Look at it another way: of the eleven states with the highest concentrations of Arab Americans, seven will have new apportionments — and five of those are losing seats. The effected...

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Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab American Experience

Posted on September 09, 2010 in Arab American Institute

(Chapter in Arabs in America: Building a New Future)

This paper was first presented on April 4, 1997 at a symposium on Arab Americans by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.

Issues of race and identity are certainly dominant factors in American social history. The dual legacies of slavery and massive immigration – and how they have intersected over time – deeply conditioned the ways in which the citizenry relates to race, and how the government intercedes to classify the population.

Throughout the more than 100 years that Arabs have immigrated to the U.S., there has been the...

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Detailed State Profiles

Posted on July 02, 2010 in Arab American Institute

Primary ethnic identification is derived from responses to the ancestry question on the long (sample) form of the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS). ACS data on “Arabs” include the responses Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Palestinian, Moroccan, Arab or Arabic, and the following countries collapsed as “Other Arab”: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. We also include Arabic-speaking persons who identify as Assyrian/Chaldean, Somali or Sudanese, identities which are not aggregated as Arab in Census reports.


The population who identified an Arabic speaking...

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Posted on June 28, 2010
Arab immigrants began coming to the U.S. is sizable numbers during the 1880’s. It is estimated that nearly 3.5 million Americans trace their roots to an Arab country. Arab Americans are found in every state, but more than two thirds of them live in just ten states (California, Michigan, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia). Metropolitan Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York are home to one-third of the population.
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