How Asian Voters Could Swing the Election

What is the fastest growing racial demographic -- particularly in key swing states, that is keenly watching hot-button issues such as the economy, immigration and healthcare policy, and could play a key role in determining the outcome of the 2012 presidential election? Asian Americans, of course. What were you thinking? Exactly. ...more
 @Elaine W. Thanks, Elaine! It's something that needs to be said. And we need to keep saying it...more

Women of Color: The Silent Victims of the Mommy Wars

Apparently, only white women get to argue about whether to stay home or seek employment out of the house. That’s the takeaway I got from the online vitriol sparked last week by Ann Romney and Hillary Rosen. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 2012, 1992, or 1972 — the Mommy Wars continue to pit white, privileged women against even more privileged white women. ...more
Very well thought out post, bringing to light the other layers in the "mommy wars" beyond the ...more

Multiracial Population Grows, Giving Birth to New Hapa Identity

From BlogHer   The author and her family, photo by Jocelyn Lai   When the results of the 2010 Census came in, the numbers of people identifying themselves as “Multiracial” grew by 50% from the 2000 Census, the first time that people could check more than one box for race.  It confirmed what I already suspected, having given birth to two of those multiracial individuals myself. ...more
I am so happy to see this topic going mainstream in the land that is "blogdom". My husband's ...more

The Latest from the U.S. Census on Fertility Patterns Part II

Here's more from the U.S. Census newly released report, “Fertility of American Women.”  Data was collected from three million households in 2008.  My last post spoke to data on women with no children.  Here are some numbers I found interesting regarding women who are having children in our country:    ...more

New Childlessness Stats--Down in One Area

Pew Research Center just released a report on women without children based on some new census figures from 2006-2008. The U.S. Census has been tracking “childlessness” (the term they use in their research) figures for some time now. However, it does not track the choice factor—whether a woman does not have children by choice or circumstance. The report indicates that of women aged 40-44, 18% did not have children....more

Counting What We Value: The Lessons From the Strange Double Passing of Clarence King

It's census time in the United States. The US Constitution requires a national head-count every 10 years, and the exercise is typically fraught with arcane debates over how people should be allowed to classify themselves, what questions should be asked, and who gets to decide what should be counted. For those of us who study the question of what it means to be American, the census is a historical marker of the judgments made by those with the power to name. This year, for example, we have the option of identifying ourselves as "Negro" when we fill out our forms - an option that the Census Bureau says it is providing because 56,175 people who filled out the 2000 Census so named themselves. ...more

Replacing Ourselves: Do We Owe Future Generations Our Reproduction Today?

We've heard for years the Baby Boomers are going to kill Social Security when they start drawing off it.  X, Y and Millennium just aren't putting it back in fast enough. There just aren't enough of us to take care of all of them. Is it getting worse? ...more

I never understand these concerns. If America finds itself low on population, couldn't we just ...more