Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

PRNewswire, April 23, 2014

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.

Asians

18.9 million 
The estimated number of U.S. residents in 2012 who were Asian, either one race or in combination with one or more additional races.
Source: 2012 Population Estimates

6.0 million 
The Asian alone or in combination population in California in 2012. The state had the largest Asian population, followed byNew York (1.7 million). The Asian alone population represented 56.4 percent of the total population in Hawaii.
Source: 2012 Population Estimates

46.0% 
Percentage growth of the Asian alone or in combination population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, which was more than any other major race group.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File, Custom Table 3

4.2 million
Number of Asians of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the U.S. in 2012. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Filipinos (3.6 million), Asian Indians (3.3 million), Vietnamese (1.9 million), Koreans (1.8 million) and Japanese (1.3 million). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or another race(s).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B02018

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$70,644
Median income of households headed by the Asian alone population in 2012.
Median household income differed greatly by Asian group. For Asian Indians, for example, the median income in 2012 was$96,782; for Bangladeshi, it was $44,293. (These figures represent the Asian alone population.)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

13.0%
The poverty rate for the Asian alone population in 2012.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

15.0%
Percentage of Asian alone population without health insurance coverage in 2012.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

Education

50.5%
The percentage of the Asian alone population 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. This compared with 29.1 percent for all Americans 25 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

85.7%
The percentage of the 25-and-older Asian alone population who had at least a high school diploma. This compares with 86.4 percent of the total population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

21.2%
The percentage of 25-and-older Asian alone population who had a graduate or professional degree. This compared with 10.9 percent for all Americans 25 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

Voting

547,000
The additional number of the Asian alone population who voted in the 2012 presidential election than in the 2008 election. All in all, 47 percent of Asians turned out to vote in 2012. A total of 3.9 million Asians voted in 2012.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, The Diversifying Electorate—Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012 (and Other Recent Elections)

Serving Our Nation

270,630
The number of the Asian alone population who were military veterans in 2012. About one in three Asian veterans was 65 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B21001D

Jobs

49.1%
The proportion of civilian employed Asian alone population 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, such as financial managers, engineers, teachers and registered nurses in 2012. Additionally, 17.3 percent worked in service occupations, 20.6 percent in sales and office occupations, 9.7 percent in production, transportation and material moving occupations and 3.2 percent in natural resources, construction and maintenance  occupations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

Internet Use

88.6%
Percentage of Asian alone population in 2012 living in a household with Internet use — the highest rate among race and ethnic groups.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Reported Internet Usage for Individuals 3 years and Older, by Selected Characteristics; Current Population Survey: 2012 Table 1

Age Distribution

36.0
Median age of the Asian alone population in 2012. The corresponding figure was 37.4 for the population as a whole.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Tables S0201

21.3%
Percentage of the Asian alone population that was under age 18 in 2012, while 10.3 percent was 65 or older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders

1.4 million
The estimated number of U.S. residents in 2012 who were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, either alone or in combination with one or more additional races.
Source: 2012 Population Estimates

364,395
Population in Hawaii which had the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone or in combination, followed by California (333,893) in 2012. The Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders represented the largest population portion in Hawaii at 26 percent.
Source: 2012 Population Estimates

528,991
Number of Native Hawaiians in the U.S. in 2012. The Native Hawaiian population was the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders (NHPI) group, followed by Samoan (172,595) and Guamanian or Chamorro (130,223).  These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed NHPI group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed NHPI group in combination with one or more other detailed NHPI groups or another race(s).
Source: U.S. Census. Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table B02019

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$51,322
The median income of households headed by Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone in 2012.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

21.3%
The poverty rate in 2012 of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

18.0%
The percentage without health insurance in 2012 for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

Education

14.8%
The percentage of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone age 25-and-older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2012. This compared with 29.1 percent for the total population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Tables S0201

85.4%
The percentage of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone age 25-and-older who had at least a high school diploma in 2012. This percentage is not statistically different from the 86.4 percent of the total population who have at least a high school diploma or the 85.7 percent of Asians with at least a high school diploma.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey Tables S0201

4.7%
The percentage of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone age 25-and-older who had obtained a graduate or professional degree in 2012. This compared with 10.9 percent for the total population this age.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Tables S0201

Serving Our Nation

32,303
The number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone who were military veterans. About one in four Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander veterans was 65 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, B21001E

Jobs

23.2%
The proportion of civilian employed Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, such as financial managers, engineers, teachers and registered nurses in 2012. Additionally, 24.6 percent worked in service occupations, while 27.7 percent worked in sales and office occupations; 15.9 percent in production, transportation and material moving occupations; and 8.7 percent in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupation. The 23.2 percent in management business, science and arts occupations, such as financial managers, engineers, teachers and registered nurses occupations is not statistically different from the 24.6 percent in service occupations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

Age Distribution

30.4
The median age of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone population in 2012. The median age was 37.4 for the population as a whole.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Tables S0201

28.1%
Percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone population that was under age 18 in 2012, while 6.1 percent was 65 or older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey, Table S0201

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  • MekongDelta69

    Where’s European-American Heritage Month?
    (Rhetorical question)

    • wildfirexx

      The fact that there is no European History month (while they promote and celebrate every other ethnic culture under the sun) proves that the powers that be, are trying to remove our rightful place in American and Western History. This NWO or liberal agenda is trying to erase European culture from the face of the Earth!

  • borogirl54

    I would not be opposed to European American Heritage Month.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I would, don’t play their games. Every single day of every singe year in the West should be a celebration of European American Heritage. By claiming we want a month for OUR people means that we see ourselves as equal to the non – White hordes. And we are most certainly not equal.

  • Greg Thomas

    Excuse me if I sit out this “celebration” for the entire month! I really do not feel like celebrating.

    • So CAL Snowman

      And here I was thinking that Dec. 7 was going to be the official kick off to Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

  • Today being what it is, the day of the NFL draft, I’m surprised this didn’t cite a stat for all the Samoans in the NFL.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      The gay Samoans robbed their thunder.

  • JohnEngelman

    There was no mention of the fact that Orientals have lower rates of crime and illegitimacy than whites.

    • JSS

      As well as higher rates of espionage due to lower rates of creativity, and higher rates of K9 and feline dietary supplements.

      • Bossman

        Even snakes, monkeys and great apes can be on the menu. I was watching a PBS special on big apes in the East Asian islands. That was so sickening to watch all these Asian people shopping for “bush meat” and those apes were one on the items offered. I turned my TV off in utter disgust on seeing this.

        • IstvanIN

          The Pacific Islanders are not all that far removed from cannibalism and eating monkey and great apes is not too far from that since both humans and apes are primates.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      They just got prosecuted less. It’s the diplomatic immunity that comes from ‘diversity’. Saw it all day long. Rules and laws only apply to white people.

      • JohnEngelman

        Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate…

        Indians and Pacific Islanders were imprisoned at about twice the white rate, and Asians at only 22 percent of the white rate…

        Blacks are considerably more likely than any other group to commit crimes of virtually all kinds, while Asians are least likely…

        Blacks are about eight times more likely than whites to commit murder, and 25 times more likely than Asians to do so. Blacks are 15 times more likely than whites to go to prison for robbery,and 50 times
        more likely than Asians…

        Hispanics are one of the more crime-prone groups in America. They also have high ratesof illegitimacy, school failure, poverty, welfare use and teen pregnancy. Asians are lowest in all these categories.

        – The Color of Crime

  • This clusterfreak of a country (not a nation, for sure) celebrates every little ethnic group except the one that built the country. It also celebrates women, while denigrating the men who built the country and made it safe and healthy for women.

    Screw this place. If I didn’t need $2 million in cash to be allowed into New Zealand, I’d be heading there tomorrow. Maybe Iceland would have me?

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Don’t bother coming to NZ big one. Would love to have you of course but the white guilt ‘cancer’ is firmly ensconced here as well. We are just a little behind you. I’m telling you it’s invasion of the body snatchers – don’t go to sleep!

      • none of your business

        If you were a San Francisco, NYC, Los Angeles or Seattle Vancouver cop or worked for federal or state law enforcement englemann, you would know that it is only pursesnatch car jacking street crime that asians don’t do. Illegal gambling, 300 percent loan sharking, home invasions sex slavery and labor trafficking, non payment of taxes, avoiding all business and industrial regulations are all asian crime.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          The southeast Asians in New England are notorious gamblers. It’s all scammed money, too. And Asians of all stripes are the most racist people on the planet.

  • JSS

    It’s ironic, the more I have other cultures rammed down my throat the more I dislike them.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      “You couldn’t stop us therefore we are welcome”.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I’m waiting to hear all about “White Heritage Month” or “European Heritage Month” in a place like, say, China, along with complete and detailed documentation on how well whites are doing, and celebrating how their numbers are growing there. I know; I will NEVER see such a thing!

  • Juggernaut3000

    Maybe if I moved to Catalina Island off the coast of California I could claim to be a Pacific Islander and receive all kinds of preferential treatment.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Nice nuke. Must be >megaton. Those are my fave. <;-D

  • IstvanIN

    First time I heard of this and tonight I saw a commercial about this great holiday. All hail the Hmog and Tongans.

  • none of your business

    Extreme White nationalist that I am, I think they should have mentioned the Chinese who arrived for the gold rush(1849) and helped settle San Francisco and the gold fields as well as the Cantonese refugees from the Taiping rebellion who arrived in the 1830’s. One thing I have noticed about all these Whites who adore non Whites, they are often ignorant of their history. There were thousands of Chinese in California before they were brought to work on the railroad. They might have mentioned that the gold rush Chinese brought organized crime such as extortion to California. One thing that has totally disappeared from history books is the White men who built the railroad from the east coast to Omaha and Omaha to Utah. We never hear mention of that and that many of them came directly from Ireland.
    Another thing they should have mentioned is that a 19th century Japanese immigrant ship carried bubonic plague. Ground squirrels and other rodents in California still have it and every once in a while someone gets the plague. Fortunately, antibiotics discovered by WHITE MEN cure the disease.

    • saxonsun

      Excellent post.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The PC whitewashing of history in order to make whites appear as racist aggressors persecuting innocent Chinese is what disgusts me. 19th century anti-Chinese sentiment was entirely justified because the mining industry and railroad companies were trying to dispossess whites through massive importation and extensive utilization of cheap Chinese labor. They wanted to replace whites with racially unassimilable foreigners and nearly succeeded. What they didn’t count on was widespread white resistance to economic and national dispossession, which resulted in Chinese invaders being massacred and eventual passage of legislation restricting Chinese immigration to the US.

      In those days, white men defended their families and their livelihoods against demographic aggression, with force if necessary, and the federal government, being more democratic than it is today, actually listened. Nowadays, many whites shamefully refuse to do nothing in the face of tyranny and even go so far as to celebrate their own dispossession.

  • TXCriollo

    At least this is not promoted like black mystery month

  • none of your business

    Kearney and Geary of 19th century San Francisco were the trade union leaders who rammed through the Asian exclusion acts against the industrialists who wanted hordes of cheap labor along with the sex slavery, labor slavery, opium, extortion, illegal gambling, 400 percent loansharking and other RICO offensives brought by the Chinese. The Japanese were mostly funded and encouraged by the then extremely expansionist Japanese goverment which was bent on Pacific supremacy at the time.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    “Robbed white man blind month.”