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Economic Needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Distressed Areas: Establishing Baseline Information

  • Author(s): Ong, Paul M.
  • Miller, Douglas
  • et al.
Abstract

This report provides baseline statistics needed for policy-oriented research on disadvantaged Asian-Pacific Americans (APAs) neighborhoods. We profile 17 poor APA neighborhoods across the United States and provide insights from a survey of community-based organizations (CBOs). The neighborhood profiles reveal diverse neighborhood characteristics, including variations in economic base, size, and ethnic composition. In spite of substantial differences, some common features are seen. Most neighborhoods are linguistically isolated immigrant communities with low educational attainment and low earnings. This report is the final product from a grant made by the Economic Development Administration to the National Coalition on Asian Pacific Americans Community Development (NCAPACD), the Little Tokyo Service Center and UCLA's Asian American Studies Center who contracted the Lewis Center out to conduct the survey.

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