FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/26/2005

CONTACT: Anna Lee
2123445878, Ext:26


Census-Based Profile Depicts Poverty, Language Barriers and Other Hurdles Amid Rapid Growth for New York City's Bangladeshi American Population

Asian American Federation Analysis of Recently-Released Census Data Offers Perspective on Group Affected by Post-September 11th Climate


NEW YORK – New York City’s Bangladeshi American population faced daunting economic and social challenges while experiencing the fastest growth among the city’s Asian groups in the last decade, according to a census-based profile published today.

The profile from the Asian American Federation of New York, a nonprofit leadership organization, presents results of an analysis of recently-released 2000 census data and other U.S. Census Bureau information. One of a series of population portraits prepared by the Federation’s Census Information Center (CIC), it describes an immigrant community with much lower incomes, higher poverty rates, less English ability and larger households than the city’s general population. The profile is available at www.aafny.org.

“Our profile offers useful insight on a population with substantial needs,” said Cao K. O, executive director of the Asian American Federation. “The demographic portrait sets the stage for understanding the vulnerability of New York City’s Bangladeshi American community today as it also faces effects of post-September 11th job discrimination, government policies and bias crimes. Low per capita income, child poverty, and language isolation for the community warrant serious attention.”

The Asian American Federation of New York is a nonprofit leadership organization that works collaboratively to meet the critical needs of Asian Americans in the New York metropolitan area. Operating since 1990, the Federation strengthens community-based health and social services capacity by supporting its 35 member agencies and other grassroots organizations; amplifies the Asian American civic voice by defining, analyzing, and advocating for policies to address key community issues; and encourages strategic, high-impact philanthropy within the Asian American community by increasing opportunities for connecting time, talent and financial resources with pressing community needs.

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. Established in 2000, the center provides census information, conducts data and policy analysis, and promotes census participation. The Citigroup Foundation and the C.J. Huang Foundation have provided funding to support the CIC’s series of population profiles.

###

Download the Profile (PDF 1MB)