On Thursday April 21, 7-8pm, we hosted a talk and Q&A with Census Expert and Covid Vaccination Program Manager Sonny Lê! He explained the importance of census data, especially for specific marginalized and invisible Asian American groups, and what data is actually available for advocates to ask for. We recorded the session for those who could not attend the Zoom event live.
Prior to Vaccinate ALL 58, the State of California’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Sonny Lê served as the US Census Bureau 2020 Census Partnership Specialist, his third decennial census. In 2000 and 2010, he was the Census Bureau’s Senior Media Specialist representing the states of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and the northern half of California. Prior to the 2020 Census, he taught strategic communications in the Non-profit Management Program at San Francisco State University. Sonny came to the US as a refugee from Vietnam in 1979. He has been a media consultant, community organizer, journalist, and a Vietnamese language medical interpreter for over 20 years.