As 2 Khmerican Sisters, we believe it is important for us to tell our story, a story of a community that is too often buried in the model minority myth. One way for our community to be heard is by making sure we all get counted in the 2020 Census.
Completing the 2020 census ensures that our community gets the federal funding for programs that our elders and community members heavily depend on, such as Social Security SSI, EBT food stamps, free and reduced school lunch, Medicare/Medicaid, TANF, and WIC. It also helps local and trusted community based organizations secure funding. These organizations rely on census data in their grant writing when they seek to fulfill culturally competent programming for our community.
Fill out the census online by visiting my2020census.gov.
Khmer Census 2020 is a collective led Khmer Anti-deportation Advocacy Group of WA (KhAAG), which advocates getting all Khmer people counted in the 2020 Census.
Our essential message to the community is to get counted because:
While folks are free to write in what they identify as, in the "What's your race?" question, mark "Other asian" and write in "KHMER" The Khmer community is underserved and under resourced due in large part to our visibility, essentially we lack any in the public at large. One way to raise our visibility and tell our story is to get counted in the census and fill it out as a "KHMER" person.
Activist: Bunthay Cheam