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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

NAMI celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2007 with the release of eight new Chinese-language fact sheets in addition to a new Korean American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet. View all of NAMI’s resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders here.

Quick facts on the Asian American/ Pacific Islander community:

·  14.4 mil. Est number of U.S. residents July 2005 who said they were Asian. 5% of the total pop. California had largest Asian pop (4.9 mil).

·  3%. Growth of the Asian pop between 2004 and 2005; highest of any race group during that time period (total 421,000).

·  3.3 mil. Number of Asians of Chinese descent. Chinese-Americans are the largest Asian group, followed by Filipinos (2.8 mil), Asian Indians (2.5 mil), Vietnamese (1.5 mil), Koreans (1.4 mil) and Japanese (1.2 mil).

·  2.3 mil. Number of people 5 and older who speak Chinese at home. After Spanish, Chinese is the most widely spoken non-English language in the US. Tagalog and Vietnamese have more than 1 million speakers each.

·  1.4 mil. Number of Asians in Los Angeles County, Calif., in 2005, which tops the nation's counties.

·  990,000. Est number of U.S. residents in July 2005 who said they are Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (0.3% of the total pop). There were 282,000 Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii, which led all states.

·  1.5%. Growth of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander pop between 2004 and 2005, the highest of any race group except for Asians.

                              -facts from U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features

 


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