A Community of Contrasts: AANHPI in the Northeast

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
| November 21, 2013

Learn about the languages, education, income, and more of Asian Americans and NHPI in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Northeast breaks the myth of AANHPI as "model minorities" by underlining the enormous growth and diversity within these communities, paired with heightened civic awareness.

The report examines Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Metropolitan New York is home to the nation's second-largest Asian American population and fifth-largest Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population. Both the Asian American and NHPI populations in metropolitan New York experienced tremendous growth between 2000 and 2010. With an increase of 38%, the Asian American population is the fastest-growing racial group, and, with 26% growth, the NHPI population is not far behind.

Based on the report's findings, Advancing Justice recommends that service providers and policy makers work to address the changing needs of growing AANHPI communities, particularly for limited-English-proficient immigrants who are struggling in this challenging economy.