A Community o Contrasts 1
Los Angeles endures as one o the nation’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas. Throughoutits history, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacifc Islanders (NHPI) have transormed theregion through their labor and investment in amily and the economy. Today Los Angeles County ishome to more Asian Americans than any other county in the United States and the country’s larg-est Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, and ThaiAmerican populations. Representing over 45 ethnic groups speaking 28 languages, our diverse com-munities continue to shape what Los Angeles will become. Yet the social and economic diversity that stands as our community’s hallmark isn’t always apparent to elected ofcials, government agencies, oundations, and others tasked with developing and carrying out inormed public policy. Many see our communities as a monolithic whole, consistently among themost well educated and successul. This perception masks tremendous social and economic diversity; the social service needs o low-income Southeast Asian and NHPI communities are very dierent than those o higher income Taiwanese or Indian Americans. Failure to recognize these dierences renderssome o the most disadvantaged Americans invisible to policy makers.To promote a better understanding o our communities,
A Community o Contrasts: Asian Americans,Native Hawaiians and Pacifc Islanders in Los Angeles County
compiles the latest data on AsianAmericans and NHPI. The report provides data on important topics such as immigration, language,education, income, housing, and health disaggregated by ethnic group in an eort to shed light onAsian Americans and NHPI most in need. Armed with this inormation, we hope policy makers will act to address our community’s very real concerns.We would like to thank the sponsors who made this report possible, including the Wallace H. CoulterFoundation, Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation, and Bank o America.We would also like to thank those who contributed to this report, including sta at Asian AmericansAdvancing Justice – Los Angeles (author and principal researcher) (Kristin Sakaguchi, Dan Ichinose,Betty Hung, Joanna Lee, Pamela Stephens, and An Le) and the Asian Pacifc Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) (Mark Masaoka), as well as those organizations who provided critical eedback oncontent, including Asian Americans/Pacifc Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP); APAIT Health Center;Center or the Pacifc Asian Family (CPAF); Ofce o Caliornia State Assemblymember Ed Chau;Empowering Pacifc Islander Communities (EPIC); Khmer Girls in Action (KGA); Korean ResourceCenter (KRC); Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC); South Asian Network (SAN); and Thai CommunityDevelopment Corporation (Thai CDC). All photos in the report were taken by M. Jamie Watson.