California remains the heart of Asian andPacific Islander America.
More than one-third of all Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) in the nationlive in California, and 2003 Census estimatesshow the continued growth and diversity of thestate’s Asian and Pacific Islander community.
While Asians and Pacific Islanders are often thought of as ahomogenous group, the reality is that our communities repre-sent dozens of ethnic groups, cultures, and languages. Whilegroups like Cambodians, Filipinos, Bangladeshi, Koreans, andTongans share many common issues and values, they are differ-ent from one another in many ways. With
The Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders inCalifornia
, we hope to convey the rich diversity and multiplelayers of API communities in three major regions in California.This report studies indicators such as race and ethnicity, hous-ing, language, health, income, poverty, and education in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Southern California regions.Disaggregated data are a critical tool to illustrate commonissues, as well as individual challenges of specific groups. Thisprofile provides data for the API population as a whole, and sep-arately for more than 20 individual API ethnic groups.Collectively, the data reveal great social and economic diversity within the API population.To highlight and respond to these issues, Asian Pacific AmericanLegal Center (APALC) works to make demographic informa-tion available that accurately reflects the realities of the growing API population. Through data collection, analysis, and map-ping, APALC compiles demographic information that is criticalto effective program planning, service delivery, and advocacy. We hope that the analysis and recommendations presented inthis report will serve as the impetus for positive change for APIcommunities in California.I would like to extend my thanks to the funders, sponsors, andcommunity organizations throughout the state whose supportmade this report and its launch possible. I am also proud of thesponsorship of this report with the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and the Asian Law Caucus.
President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
The state of California and three regions are studied in thisreport. The counties within each region are listed below.
: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, SanFrancisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and SonomaCounties.
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced,Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare Counties.
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange,Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura Counties.
Full tables capturing data discussed in the body of this reportfor major racial and ethnic groups and over 20 API ethnicgroups can be found in its Appendix.
Detailed population counts and growth (1990to 2000) by race and ethnicity.
Population characteristics (e.g. education,poverty, and language) by race and ethnicity.
Asian and Pacific Islander population countsby county.
1 ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE — ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEGAL CENTER