The Invisible Asians and Pacific Islanders on Equal Pay Day

“A one dollar bill leaning against the wall on a glossy surface” by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

On Equal Pay Day, social media shares statistics on the wage gap between womxn and white men; yet how much of the statistics being passed around is truly representative of different ethnicities, especially within the Asian and Pacific Islander community? The main issue lies within the homogenization of the Asian race and therefore the aggregation of data. However, disaggregated data has shown the disparities within the API community.

These conversations are happening, however they are not well known. It is important to continue to have these conversations, to spread more truth, and to amplify the voices of those who are rendered invisible within the visible. When viewing data, and arguably when seeing or hearing anything, you must be critical, conscious, and aware.

Disaggregated data consistently illustrates how underprivileged and underrepresented APIs are disregarded in terms of poverty, employment, affordable housing, educational attainment, etc because of the perpetual Model Minority Myth. This myth trivializes the fact that APIs, notably, but not limited to, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders may not have the adequate resources (and representation) to navigate this capitalistic world.

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