24 Million and Growing
Heterogeneous and Under-Studied
Asian Americans who are Asian alone (20 million) or in combination (4 million) grew to 24 million per 2020 US Census, are the fast growing racial group. Moreover, an estimated 1.7 million are undocumented Asians living in the U.S., who are largely from India and China. With over 50 Asian ethnicity, we are varied in culture, language and socioeconomic background.
Nearly two-thirds (64% or 12 million) of the Asian alone population are born outside of the US. US Immigration policy impacts our identity – many of us came here as reunification family members, refugees, highly skilled workers or international students. As a result, we face high income inequality within our community such that 21% of Asian households make $200K or more, while 19% of Asian households live off $35K or less a year.
We are getting more multi-cultural. Since inter-racial marriage was legalized across the US in 1967 (Loving vs. Virginia), nearly 1 in 3 or 29% of new Asian American marriages since 1967 were inter-racial. For Asian women, 36% of newlywed Asian women had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity. That percentage is declining as marriages between Asians of different cultures are on the rise since 1980. The inter-racial marriage percentage also vary by ethnicity.
Our diverse lives
Asian Americans are under-studied. Not all Asian ethnicity have a recent stand-alone report of their social, economic, or political status and views. MyAsianVoice was founded to reduce the lack of disaggregated data.
2023 Diverse Cultures and Shared Experiences Shape Asian American Identities report by Pew Research Center. An extensive report on Asian identity in the U.S. and Asian American life in America.
2023 Religion Among Asian Americans provides the latest profile and shows the religious diversity of Asian Americans by Pew Research Center. Breakdown: Christian (34%), religious unaffiliated (32%), Buddhist (11%), Hindu (11%), Muslim (3%), and other faiths (4%).
Asian Americans and the anti-racist equity agenda: Contradictions and common ground, part of a 2022 published perspectives and resources on race, ethnicity and the economy by The Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
2021 Health of Asians and Pacific Islanders in New York City, the first comprehensive report from the NYC Health Department about the health of Asians and Pacifc Islanders (APIs) living in NYC.
Social Realities of Indian Americans: Results From the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey. This study is the third in a series (How Will Indian Americans Vote?, How Do Indian Americans View India?) on the social, political, and foreign policy attitudes of Indian Americans by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and YouGov.
The State of Chinese Americans 2022: The health, economic, and sociopolitical conditions of today’s Chinese American population by Columbia University’s School of Social Work and Committee of 100, a non-profit membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans.
The Filipino American Survey project by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is the first of its kind to learn from and amplify the voices of the Filipino American community. Through the data in the survey, NaFFAA seeks to unveil the needs, priorities and perspectives of Filipino-Americans.
The National Korean American Community – Promises, Perils, and Paradoxes: A 2020 published research on the state of the national Korean American community by The Council of Korean Americans and UC Berkeley.
The Ties That Bind is one of the first ever in-depth study released in 2022 by The American Pakistani Foundation that looks at Pakistani American connectivity and giving back to Pakistan.
Vietnamese Voices from Orange County, CA 2022: A study on nonpartisan Vietnamese residents in Orange County on topics related to generational cohesion, economic inequality and the role of the United States by UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, or OBI, and VietRISE.
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a national civil rights organization that builds power with diverse communities from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Representative of the largest refugee community that resettled in the U.S.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer)
AAPI LGBT Adults in the US: LGBT well-being at the intersection of race, a 2021 report by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, that provides information on adults who self-identify as AAPI and LGBT in the U.S. and by region.