Will a NYS Bill Detailing Asian Demographics be Divisive?

Nancy Tong, with Mark Treyger in blue tie to her right and William Colton to her left (Photo via Kings County Politics)

New York State bill A07352, sponsored by recently elected Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D – Lower Manhattan), seeks to expand the demographic data collected by the state about Asian and Pacific Islander residents to include 23 different categories of residents including those with Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese ancestry.

Now Nancy Tong, the District 43 City Council candidate and Democratic Leader of the 47th Assembly District, has come out against the bill, which has passed the Assembly and awaits a Senate vote. Kadia Goba writes in Kings County Politics about Tong’s opposition, and that of other Brooklyn politicians including City Council member Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst) and Assemblymember Bill Colton (D-Bensonhurst, Bath Beach).

The electeds argue that the unintended consequences of the bill can be damaging to the Asian American community.

“If you use the data correctly – it might be good, but if you use it incorrectly, it’s like discriminating,” said Tong.

Tong, who represents a district that is 34% Asian, called the bill a double-edged sword reminding constituents that depending on how state agencies use the data, the bill can fuel division causing residents in the community to compete for resources.

Go to Kings County Politics to read more detail about their opposition to the bill, and to learn why they only now are commenting on it.

One Comment

  1. Thank you Nancy to voice out for us. It is not only unethical but also unrealistic to subdivide Asian according to totally confusing subcategories that mixed the nationality, religion, culture, and geographical locations of Asian.

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