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Census Analysis Highlights Poverty, Growth, and Limited Education and English skills of New York City's Elderly Asian American Population

Asian American Federation Calls for Improvements in Job Opportunities, English Classes, Retirement Income, Housing, Health Care and Health Insurance

NEW YORK – The Asian American Federation of New York, a nonprofit leadership organization, today issued a census-based profile detailing characteristics of New York City’s Asian American senior citizens.

Drawn from recently-released and older U.S. Census Bureau data, the demographic portrait shows that elderly Asian Americans in New York City generally were poorer, less educated and less familiar with English than the city’s Asian Americans and elderly New Yorkers overall in 2000. In addition, the profile notes that the number of Asian American senior citizens in the city nearly doubled from 1990 to 2000.

Citing these facts, the Federation called for heightened attention to serving Asian American seniors’ unmet needs.

“Prevalent poverty, limited education, daunting language barriers and rapid growth make New York City’s elderly Asian Americans particularly vulnerable,” said Cao K. O, executive director of the Asian American Federation. “We urge service providers and policy-makers to help close critical gaps in social and health support systems to improve life for Asian American senior citizens. Steps include increasing appropriate and accessible job and training opportunities, English instruction, retirement protections, housing stock, health-care options and health insurance.”

Available at, the profile of elderly Asian Americans is one of a series of population portraits prepared by the Federation’s federally-designated Census Information Center (CIC). The Starr Foundation is supporting this profile, and the Citigroup Foundation and the C.J. Huang Foundation have funded the profile series.

The Asian American Federation of New York is a nonprofit leadership organization that works collaboratively to improve human services and the quality of life for Asian Americans in the New York metropolitan area. Established in 1990, the Federation supports 35 member agencies and other community-based Asian American service and advocacy organizations; promotes strategic philanthropy within the Asian American community; and conducts research and advocacy concerning critical community 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.


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