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The Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders in California

The Diverse Face of Asians and Pacific Islanders in California

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Published by: Asian Pacific American Legal Center on Jun 07, 2011
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of Asians and Pacific Islanders in California
the diverse
 Asian Pacific American LegalCenter of Southern California
Principal researcher 
The Asian Pacific American Legal Centerof Southern California (APALC) wasfounded in 1983 and is the largest organ-ization in the country focused on provid-ing multilingual, culturally sensitive legalservices, education, and civil rights sup-port to Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs). APALC’s mission is to advocate for civilrights, provide legal services and educa-tion, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asians and PacificIslanders and to create a more equitableand harmonious society. APALC works ona range of issues affecting APIs and immi-grants, including workers rights, con-sumer rights, immigration, citizenship,domestic violence, hate crimes, healthcare, language access, and voting rights.
 Asian Law Caucus
Founded in 1972, the Asian Law Caucus(ALC) was the nation’s first nonprofit law office serving Asians and PacificIslanders. ALC’s mission is to promote,advance, and represent the legal and civilrights of the Asian and Pacific Islandercommunity in Northern California. Annually, the Asian Law Caucus consults with and oversees cases of over 1,500clients and provides legal information toover 5,000 people on workers’ rights,immigration, housing issues, votingrights, and hate crimes.
National Asian Pacific AmericanLegal Consortium
The National Asian Pacific AmericanLegal Consortium (NAPALC) wasfounded in 1991 and is headquartered in Washington, DC. NAPALC works toadvance the human and civil rights of  Asian Americans through advocacy, pub-lic policy, public education, and litiga-tion. NAPALC is one of the nation’sleading experts on issues of importanceto the Asian American community including: affirmative action, anti-Asianviolence prevention/race relations, cen-sus, immigrant rights, immigration, lan-guage access, and voting rights. Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California in Los Angeles andthe Asian Law Caucus in San Franciscoare affiliated with the National AsianPacific American Legal Consortium.Permission to reproduce materials from thisreport is granted with attribution to: AsianPacific American Legal Center, 2005.
Welcome1Key Findings
California Profile
3-12Race & Ethnicity4Concentration5Social Characteristics6Education7Income8Poverty9Language10Immigration & Citizenship12Health12
Bay Area Profile
13-22Race & Ethnicity14Concentration15Social Characteristics16Education17Income18Poverty19Language20Immigration & Citizenship22Health22
Central Valley Profile
23-32Race & Ethnicity24Concentration25Social Characteristics26Education27Income28Poverty29Language30Immigration & Citizenship32Health32
Southern California Profile
33-42Race & Ethnicity34Concentration35Social Characteristics36Education37Income38Poverty39Language40Immigration & Citizenship42Health42
Technical Notes
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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.
Stewart Kwoh
President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Regional Definitions
The state of California and three regions are studied in thisreport. The counties within each region are listed below.
Bay Area 
: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, SanFrancisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and SonomaCounties.
Central Valley:
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced,Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare Counties.
Southern California:
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange,Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura Counties.
Detailed Tables
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.
 Appendix A:
Detailed population counts and growth (1990to 2000) by race and ethnicity.
 Appendix B:
Population characteristics (e.g. education,poverty, and language) by race and ethnicity.
 Appendix C:
 Asian and Pacific Islander population countsby county.

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