Did you know that 4 out of the 5 ethnic groups who face the Bay Area's highest poverty rates are Asian or Pacific Islander American?

The Invisible Needs of
Bay Area Asian Americans Revealed in New Study


     Major headlines in the past year have touted Asian Americans as one of the most educated, wealthiest, even happiest demographic groups in the US, but this obscures the significant proportion of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) facing soaring poverty, unemployment and low rates of education.
     In California, home to the nation’s largest Asian American and second largest NHPI populations, these misperceptions could prevent our communities from getting the resources they need.
     A new report that the Asian Pacific Fund took part in with our affiliates, the Asian Law Caucus and Asian Pacific American Legal Center, sheds light on the diversity and great needs of Asian Americans and NHPIs in California and the Bay Area.

     Here's a sampling of the report's Bay Area and California
facts and figures:
  • Asian Americans are 26% of the Bay Area population - the largest racial group after Caucasians.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, the number of unemployed Asian Americans and NHPI in California grew 196%, the most of any racial group.
  • Of the 5 ethnic groups facing the Bay Area's highest poverty rates, 4 are Asian and NHPI: Cambodian, Laotian, Tongan and Samoan.
  • Asian Americans and NHPI have the highest percentage of households living in subsidized housing in both Santa Clara (39%) and San Francisco (33%). Many live in extremely overcrowded conditions
  • 60% of Asian Americans in the Bay Area are foreign born - a higher rate than any other group. A third of Asian Americans speak little to no English, and a quarter of Asian households are linguistically isolated
  • There are roughly 416,000 undocumented Asian Americans living in California, 15% of the state’s undocumented residents.
     For more insights, you can view the full report HERE.
Chinese seniors in the Bay Area struggle with suicide
Bay Area's Asian American Seniors Talk About Suicide
In a recent study of Chinese seniors at a San Francisco senior health center, 15 percent said they had attempted suicide. Asian American seniors face the unique challenges of language and cultural barriers, discrimination and social isolation. Many come from cultures that stigmatize mental health issues and seeking help for problems they feel should be solved on their own. 

A happy client at Self-Help for the Elderly
Community Spotlight: Self-Help for the Elderly
Community organizations like our affiliate, Self-Help for the Elderly, empower seniors to live with dignity and overcome difficulties such as depression and isolation. Founded in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1966, they now serve over 35,000 seniors annually throughout the Bay Area, providing multilingual programs ranging from hot meals, Alzheimer's care, housing and social services. For more information, please visit selfhelpelderly.org.
TELL US: What would you do as our first Asian or Pacific Islander American president?
K-12 students in the Bay Area are invited to share their vision with us in writing, art or video for prizes! 3 more days to ENTER our 2013 Growing Up Asian in America contest! 
APPLY for a college scholarship! We have 12 scholarship programs this year for students of Asian and other heritages. Submit your application by March 15.
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