My9 TV reports on Asian American poverty in New York City

A special investigative TV news report based on the Asian American Federation’s most recent study, Working but Poor: Asian American Poverty in New York City

March 3, 2009

NEW YORK, NY- The Asian American Federation's recently published study, Working but Poor: Asian American Poverty in New York City, was the basis for My9 TV News Ti-Hua Chang’s "A Community in Crisis." This 11-minute special investigative news report aired on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

"Every night at every supermarket in Chinatown, Asian Americans still pick through garbage looking for food. The only change; their hunger and numbers are increasing," reports Ti-Hua Chang. He also reports that "though 12% of New York City's population, Asians receive just about 1% of government and private foundation aid." To help further relieve the members of this impoverished community, Mr.Chang said that the "Asian American Federation wants economic development in Asian communities- low income housing, child care, health insurance, English classes, and senior centers even as NYC budget will be reduced by $4 billion."

"A Community in Crisis" highlights the Asian American Federation's study, Working but Poor, and brings attention to some of the most indigent members of the community. First of its kind, Working but Poor is a detailed analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey and Census 2000 data regarding poor and low-income Asian New Yorkers. For more information about this study and others conducted by the Asian American Federation please click here.

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