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Texas now has more Asian-Americans than Hawaii

By Any Taxin

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:07 a.m. HST, Oct 26, 2011



LOS ANGELES >> Asian-Americans have seen their ranks swell over the past decade not only in coastal immigrant enclaves but also in states such as Texas and Nevada, according to a report released Wednesday by a coalition of Asian-American organizations.

The report shows the largest Asian-American populations have remained in California and New York, but traditionally smaller communities shot up between 2000 and 2010, more than doubling in Nevada and growing 95 percent in Arizona.

Over the decade, Asian-Americans grew 72 percent to more than 1.1 million in Texas, giving the state more Asian-Americans than Hawaii, according to a report released by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, a coalition of four Asian-American advocacy groups.

William H. Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said much of the growth was spurred by the draw of the suburbs during the middle of the decade and a rising number of South Asians, including many highly-educated workers who took jobs in technology hubs such as Austin, Texas, or followed relatives who had success here.

"My guess is this dispersion will continue to snowball," Frey said. "Asians are still a tiny part of the U.S. population. ... This is the beginning of a trend, I guess, in much of the rest of the country."

Over the past decade, Asian-Americans aren't the only group to make a push to the suburbs. Census data shows Hispanics moved beyond traditional enclaves to destinations in Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina during the housing boom, and African Americans left big cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New York.

The report, which was largely based on Census data, shows Asian-American numbers grew 46 percent over the decade. The figure includes people who identified as Asian along with other race categories on their census forms, said Dan Ichinose, director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center's demographic research project.

The report also shows large increases in the number of South Asians. The Indian population grew by 68 percent to nearly 3.2 million and Indians now account for 18 percent of Asian-Americans, up from 16 percent a decade ago, the report shows.

The smaller Bangladeshi community more than doubled to 147,000 and Pakistanis doubled to 409,000, according to the report.

Deepa Iyer, executive director of the nonprofit South Asian Americans Leading Together, said the community's growth stems from a mix of new immigrants here on work visas or seeking to reunite with family members in the United States, as well as the children of immigrants who came here several decades ago.

What the report doesn't show is the impact of the economic downturn on Asian-Americans, since much of the census data spans the past decade or a significant portion of it, said Karin Wang, vice president of programs and communications for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

But Wang, whose organization led the research for the report, doesn't see any dramatic change to the trend driving Asian-Americans to destinations beyond traditional hubs in California, New York and Hawaii. In many of these inland locations, Asian-Americans are getting involved in local politics, she said.

"Communities that aren't used to having Asian-Americans in the mix of their neighbors are going to start seeing Asian-Americans aren't just foreigners who live in Chinatowns in Los Angeles or New York," Wang said, "but are people who live around the corner."






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CriticalReader wrote:
Let's go Hawaii Asians! GET BUSY!!
on October 26,2011 | 07:51AM
jess wrote:
what a random headline....
on October 26,2011 | 10:12AM
soshaljustic wrote:
What will that do to the menu and restaurant offerings? Less steak and far more vegetables? Texans may well become more healthy in the future!
on October 26,2011 | 10:29AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Can they stand the smell of bagong?
on October 26,2011 | 02:48PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on October 26,2011 | 10:58AM
ardee wrote:
duh!
on October 26,2011 | 01:27PM
ardee wrote:
duh!
on October 26,2011 | 01:27PM
ardee wrote:
duh, good for you!
on October 26,2011 | 01:28PM
ardee wrote:
duh, good for you!
on October 26,2011 | 01:28PM
kuewa wrote:
In the UK, "Asians" usually refers to people from India and the Middle East. Far Easterners are referred to as Orientals or by whatever they actually are (Chinese, Korean, Japanese). Of course, those were probably the original meanings which were then corrupted in American english.
on October 26,2011 | 01:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
you porgot Filipinos. what are they called?
on October 26,2011 | 02:50PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Don't know about the UK, but in Spain, I heard of the word "el flippo".
on October 27,2011 | 06:52AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Texas also has more Mexicans, more Caucasians, more of almost every race and ethnicity than Hawai`i. But they don't have more Hawaiians.
on October 26,2011 | 07:45PM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
Texas has more sheet wearing racists, more high school drop outs and more people on death row. They hate unions and believe minimum wage jobs are the future!
on October 27,2011 | 03:10AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
I hope one day, we all become color blind and there are no "hyphenated americans" on paper, survey forms, etc. Everyone is just considered to be.... American.
on October 27,2011 | 06:56AM
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