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Asian Americans and Census 2000
An AACP Special Report

Changes Since 1990
The results are in! There are now 281.4 million people in the United States and according to the Census 2000, we experienced the largest population increase in American history this past decade.

In comparing the 1990 and 2000 US Census the Asian population (those defining themselves as being of a single Asian ethnicity - see note below) increased from 2.8% to 3.6% of the total US population (6,908,638 in 1990 and 10,242,998 in 2000). If you include the people of mixed ethnicity that are part Asian or belong to more than one Asian ethnicity, the percentage change increases from 2.8% to 4.2% (all Asians including mixed Asians numbered 11,898,828 in 2000). Thus, from 1990 to 2000, the Asian population increased by 72% while the general population only increased by 13%.

The Asian group that has increased the most since 1990 are the Asian Indians. In 1990 there were 815,447 Asian Indians and in 2000 there were 1,678,765, an increase of almost 106%.

(Note - the 1990 census did not have a method for counting people of mixed ethnicity. The 2000 Census included such a method - therefore comparisons between 1990 and 2000 census figures are not exact.)

Where do Asians Live
49% of all Asians in America live in the Western United States. This is why the ratio for Asians across the whole country is approximately 1 in 25, while in California the ratio is 3 in 25. The four states with the largest number of Asians are California, New York, Hawaii, and Texas.

Ethnic Composition of Asians
The ethnic breakdown for the top six Asian American groups are
Asian Indian1,678,765

Note that these numbers do not include people with mixed ethnicity that are part Asian or may belong to more than one Asian group.

For more information
Census 2000 Gateway
Asian and Pacific Islander Populations Statistics
Minorities and Women in 107th US Congress

Under Representation in Congress
The number of Asian representatives in the US Senate and House for the 107th Congress as reported in the Congressional Quarterly Jan. 20, 2001: 4 members or .9% of the 435 members in the House and 2 members or 2% of 100 members in the Senate.

Editorial Note
Although the number of representatives does not accurately reflect the percentage of Asians in America, this does not mean that our representatives cannot do an adequate job of representing their Asian constituency. An Asian American representative may be just as ignorant of Asian American issues as non-Asian Americans. We must work to educate all of our representatives about the diverse cultural differences and issues of the people that they represent.

Up Coming Events

Here are some events that AACP will soon be attending. Invite us to your events.

Sept. 7
Midori Kai
Arts & Craft Show
MV Buddhist Temple
Mountain View, CA
Other Event of Interest that AACP May Not Attend
Sept. 14 - 15
San Francisco
Autumn Moon Festival
SF Chinatown,
San Francisco, CA
Sept. 21 - 22
The Moon Festival
of Silicon Valley
Memorial Park
Cupertino, CA

New Author Links

Four authors have been added to our Authors' Corner section of the AACP links page. They are -
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
Matthew Gollub
Grace Lin
Rena Krasno

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is doing a book tour to promote her new book "Magdalena." Go to Ms. Brainard's website to read more about her new book and to find the location of a book signing nearest you.

Editor's Message

Thank you San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin for inviting us to your Obon Festival and thank you Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP) for inviting us to your 9th Chinese Summer Festival. It was a delightful experience and we hope to see you all next year.

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The Asian American Elderly
Editorial by Philip Chin and Leonard Chan

Between 1990 and 2000 the Asian American population over 65 increased by more than 75%, becoming one of the fastest growing parts of the American population. Although the elderly population is increasing in age at similar rates, the problems that confront Asian American elderly can often be quite different.

The perception that Asians "automatically" take care of their own elderly is unfortunately often untrue. Housing issues and the mobility of jobs often make it impractical for younger generations to be in close proximity to their elders. Smaller family sizes also reduce the safety net that the elderly traditionally have depended upon, a situation universal to all the elderly.

In comparison with the general population it has been shown that many Asian American elders have language and cultural differences that make them less likely to receive the same social services, medical care, and social interaction that the rest of the elderly population receives. Census data also shows that Asian American elderly are also more likely to be below the poverty line than the general population, another risk factor for neglect and other problems.

Besides the general shortages of social workers and facilities that affect all elderly care services, there are also not enough social and medical workers familiar with Asian American cultures and languages. To make matters worse, elders living in suburban areas such as Santa Clara (the Silicon Valley) and Los Angeles counties have to contend with vast distances and poor public transportation to reach care facilities. Likewise social workers contend with the same difficulties to make home visits to the elderly who can't leave home.

What can we do? One constant problem is that Asian Americans are underrepresented in government therefore all of our issues are usually neglected. However, barring the mass election of Asian American politicians there are things that we can do to make our government better understand and address the issues of elderly Asian Americans. We can write letters and speak out to political representatives demanding that Asian American voices be heard in government and that more funding and attention be given to the elderly at all levels of government.

When was the last time Asians Americans got any attention in the media? Help raise our profile to reflect our population and issues in TV, print, the Internet, and radio.

Lastly, we should volunteer more of our time to work with the elderly and contribute to elderly services, either materially or financially.

Why should we care? Where will you be in 40, 30, and 20 years or even sooner? If not yourself then what about your parents and grandparents? The time to think about elderly services is before we need them.


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