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KPCC: California’s Asian American’s Divided by Class


ChinatownA new report finds that Asian Americans in California are divided by class, education and language, reports KPCC.

The findings come following a surge in the Asian American population in the last decade. Between 2000 & 2010, the Asian American population in the Golden State increased by 34 percent followed by Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population at 29 percent. Both grew at a faster rate than the Latino population.

Income among Asian Americans in Southern California ranges from Tongans, Bangladeshis and Cambodians who have a lower income level than blacks and Latinos to Japanese, Filipino and Indian Americans in Southern California are more likely enjoy income levels beyond that of whites.

English proficiency is a barrier for Asian Americans more so than Latinos. More than half the Vietnamese, Korean and Burmese Americans in the state are limited in their English skills.

On the other hand, on average Japanese, Taiwanese and Filipino Americans in Southern California have a higher educational level than whites. But Laotian, Vietnamese, Hmong and Cambodian sit on the opposite side of the scale.


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