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A Community of Contrasts

By the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County and OCAPICA

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Introduction – Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities in Orange County are among the largest in the United States. Established in the late 1800s by immigrants from China who came to work on railroads and in the grape and celery fields, the county’s Asian American and NHPI population grew dramatically in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the arrival of refugees displaced by the Vietnam War. While Orange County’s Vietnamese American population has since grown to become the nation’s largest, the county is also home to sizeable Korean American, Filipino American, Chinese American, and NHPI communities. According to the 2010 Census, roughly one in five residents are Asian American or NHPI; Orange County is proportionally more Asian American than any other county in Southern California. [More..]

Transforming Orange County: Assets and Needs of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

By the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Orange County

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Executive Summary – Orange County — the third-most populous county in California and the sixth-most populous in the United States — exemplifies the major demographic shifts sweeping the nation. These shifts have transformed this predominantly homogenous, White, and suburban county into one that is highly diverse and urbanizing, where Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI), Orange County is home to the nation’s third-largest AA&NHPI population.

Although the county’s fastest-growing population — from 2000 to 2010, the Asian American population jumped 41% in contrast to 6% growth for the county as a whole — data and research on AA&NHPI in Orange County are surprisingly limited. Three years after the data-driven demographic report on the AA&NHPI of ORange County, Transforming Orange County attempts to better understand the county’s complex and diverse AA&NHPI community. [More…]

2010 Vietnamese Population Census Report

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This report provides a portrait of Vietnamese American population in the United States, including the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and discusses its distribution and some selected social and economic characteristics at the national level, including some selected Asian groups.

The 2010 Census showed that the United States population was 308,745,538 on April 1, 2010. Of the total, 14,674,252, or 4.8 percent, reported Asian, and 1,548,449, or 0.5 percent, reported Vietnamese alone.

The Vietnamese population was the 4th largest among the Asian population groups in the United States. Between 2000 and 2010, the Vietnamese population had gained a numeric increase of 425,921, or 37.9%, compared with the total Asian population growth at 43.2%, and the United States at 9.7%.