He also noted that one-third of the Asian American population in the United States lives in California, so what happens to the population here has very significant national ramifications for the group.
Ramakrishnan directs the Immigration Research Group at UC Riverside, which is relevant to understanding the Asian American population. “Asian Americans are, by far, the most heavily immigrant racial group in the United States,” he noted, adding that issues like language access, naturalization, and barriers to voter registration remain key factors that are important to increasing civic engagement among this group. Ramakrishnan is a former research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His research includes civic participation, immigration policy, and Latino and Asian American politics. He holds memberships in the Association of Asian American Studies and the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program. Ramakrishnan also directs the National Asian American Survey and AAPIdata.com, a Web resource that seeks to make data and reports more accessible to journalists and policy makers.