As 2010 approaches, it's yet another year for the US Census Bureau to gather data on residents in the United States. One major issue for our Taiwanese American community is the lack of accurate identification of those who have ties to Taiwan.
In 2000, there were 326,215 identified as "born in Taiwan" (http://www.census.gov/population/cen2000/stp-159/STP-159-taiwan.pdf
). Anyone who is actively involved in our Taiwanese American community organizations knows this is grossly under-counted. Current working estimates of the Taiwanese American population is probably in the range of at least 500,000 to 1 million.
The main issue in the US Census is the lack of an identification check box that allows us to easily identify ourselves as of Taiwanese descent.
So, in the coming months, you'll hear more from us (and many of our community organizations) about the importance of WRITING IN "TAIWANESE" in the 2010 Census.