Today, I had an opportunity to work on the 2010 Census here in Tucson, specifically with the Asian Community. According to the last census of 2000, our city had 11,959 Asians residing in our community.
Historically the Asian population has been a "hard to count" population, particularly due to language isolation. We know that here in Tucson the Asian population is very different today than it was in 2000, in terms of ethnicity, religion, language and generations.
My role and others was to make contact with business owners and to pass on a few basic messages about the Census. These messages included how easy it is to participate, how it is safe, how information gathered is confidential, and how important decisions that may affect the community are made based on 2010 Census results. Prior to leaving each business, a 2010 Census poster was pasted next to the register and then documented with a photogragph.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.