U.S. census: Count yourself in
The following is a communication form Mr. Ramin Moshiri, president
of the Association of Iranian American Professionals
(AIAP) in San Diego, regarding the Census-2000 and how the Iranian community
should attempt to be counted in a recognized category. Referring to the
forms, it appears that there is a 'Ancestry or ethnic origin' field that
should be filled as "Iranian".
From what I have read, Census-2000 forms are set. Iranian-Americans
can select "caucasian", also check off "Other" or "write-in"
category to enter "Iran" as the "racial" category.
Q: Should it be Iran or Iranian?.
A: Here are two government sites for Census-2000:
FYI, I have attached few emails to/from Census office.
Please share your thoughts and any ideas on this topic. To me, it seems
like the efforts must be in 2 areas:
1. Ask census folks to inform the public of the option "Other"
and being able to "write in" their origins (ie. Iran).
2. Spread this word around in Iranian-American communities.
3. Now that we are at it, ask our community members to register and
participate in Election-2000
AIAP President, 1999