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Asian American Day Laborers Are A Visible Sign of Poverty

posted by Louis Chan
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Day laborers in Flushing stand daily on street corners waiting for someone to offer them work

Asian Americans have the highest rate of poverty than any other group in the Big Apple, according to New York City.

Perhaps there’s no more a visible sign of that population than Asian American day laborers, reports WABC.

Each day, this otherwise invisible underclass stands at street corners, in shopping center parking lots and elsewhere in Downtown Flushing, waiting for someone to hire them as landscapers, plumbers and painters.

“It’s kind of sad to see in this day and age, there’s a lot of job insecurity and people still have to line up on the streets and not know if they’re going to get a job on a daily basis, and in times when they get injured they’re not sure where they’re going to get the next paycheck,” said Mike Cheng, of Epos Development and a member of the Community Board.

27 percent of New York City’s Asian American population lives in poverty. Yet only 1 percent of the state funding goes to combat that poverty. Adult literacy programs are desperately needed, but only a minuscule percentage of the population gets it.
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