|Asian American Poverty Widespread in NYC|
|Wednesday, 10 December 2008 06:37|
Poverty is significantly more pervasive among Asian Americans in New York City than generally believed, according to a new study released by the Asian American Federation.
“Working but Poor: Asian American Poverty in New York City” finds that with almost one-fifth of all Asian residents are poor. Even greater levels of poverty exist for the elderly Asians and for some Asian ethnic groups -- Cambodian, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese and Pakistani Americans. Almost half of Asian Americans have low incomes.
“Our findings counter the widely held perception of Asian Americans doing well financially,” said Cao K. O, Executive Director of the Asian American Federation. “Almost one-fifth of Asian New Yorkers lived in poverty and close to half of this largely working-poor, immigrant population was in the low-income bracket in 2006.”
“Working but Poor: Asian American Poverty in New York City” is the first detailed analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey and Census 2000 data regarding poor and low-income Asian New Yorkers.
The report reveals little-known Asian characteristics and points out many demographic distinctions between Asians and city residents overall. For example, the report finds that poor and low-income Asian working-age adults (age 18 to 64) are more engaged in the labor force than the total New York City working-age population.
A copy of the report is available at the AAF website, www.aafederation.org.