A follow up report on Asian American poverty by Fox5 News

April 20, 2009

NEW YORK, NY- A follow up Fox5 news report to "A Community in Crisis" aired on April 10, 2009. The report by Ti-Hua Chang was in concurrence with a meeting, prompted by the original news report, at the Governor's office with state officials, the Asian American Federation, and community leaders regarding poverty in the Asian American community.

The Asian American Federation's recently published study, Working but Poor: Asian American Poverty in New York City, was the basis for the February 22, 2009 My9 TV special investigative news report by Ti-Hua Chang, "A Community in Crisis." The report brought attention to some of the most indigent members of the community and created a greater awareness of poverty among Asian Americans in the community. The follow up, "Fox 5 Report Prompts Government Meeting on Asian American Poverty" highlighted the meeting at the governor's office, the original news report, and the Asian American Federation's study.

"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."

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.

To watch the follow up report at the Governor's office please go click here.
To watch "A Community in Crisis" please go to www.my9tv.com/asiancommunity.