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Census Analysis Portrays Lower Standard of Living for New York City's Vietnamese Americans than for City's General and Total Asian Populations

Asian American Federation’s Profile Shows Vietnamese Are Worse Off Than Asians Collectively, Who Lag Behind General Population on Many Counts

NEW YORK – Vietnamese Americans in New York City not only had a lower standard of living than city residents as a whole but also lagged behind the city’s overall Asian American population in 2000, according to a census-based profile released today by the Asian American Federation of New York, a nonprofit leadership organization.

The population portrait details how higher poverty rates, particularly for children, as well as lower incomes, education levels and English skills, set Vietnamese New Yorkers apart from New York City’s general population and from Asian Americans city-wide, who are worse off than the overall city population in many respects. In addition, the profile charts larger household size and rapid recent growth for the city’s Vietnamese population.

Based on 2000 and 1990 census results, including recently released data, the demographic portrait is one of a series of population profiles prepared by the Federation’s federally-designated Census Information Center (CIC).

“Our profile sheds important light on New York City’s Vietnamese American population – a community with special needs requiring further attention,” said Cao K. O, executive director of the Asian American Federation. “Service providers, policy-makers and funders need to find effective ways to help this growing immigrant community reduce severe child poverty and overcome such barriers as low educational attainment and limited English skills.”

Profile facts include the following (referring to 2000 census data and New York City residents if not specified):

The Asian American Federation of New York is a nonprofit leadership organization that works to advance the civic voice and quality of life of Asian Americans in the New York metropolitan area. Established in 1990, the Federation supports and collaborates with 35 member agencies to strengthen community services, promotes strategic philanthropy within the Asian American community, and conducts research and advocacy concerning critical issues.

The Federation’s Census Information Center (CIC) is the only such U.S. Census Bureau-designated center in the Northeast that focuses on serving Asian Americans. Opened in 2000, the center provides census information, conducts data and policy analysis, and promotes census participation. The Citigroup Foundation and the C.J. uang Foundations have funded the center’s profile series. The Vietnamese profile is available at