New Report Profiles Growing Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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A new national report, A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, shows a rapid growth in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities nationwide and aims to educate policy makers about these communities.

“We hope the report will help policy makers, government agencies, and community organizations in these emerging communities and across the nation better understand and meet the needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” said Karen Narasaki, president of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC). “Using what we know can help us work together to develop solutions to problems our communities face in their efforts to become more tightly woven into our nation’s social, economic, and political fabric.”

The national report also profiles specific locations such as Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN where demographic shifts are taking place.

“The Asian American and Pacific Islander population more than doubled in size from 1990 to 2000,” said Ilean Her, Executive Director of the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM). “And from 2000 to 2004, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continued to be the major source of population growth.”

The report is a publication of the AAJC and its affiliates, along with local community partners, including the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans. AAJC’s affiliate, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, was the principal researcher of the report.

“Despite the size and contribution of the Asian American population in Minneapolis-St. Paul,” explained Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), “AAPIs have above average rates of not completing a high school degree and above average rates of poverty.”

The national report with a section profiling St. Paul, MN was discussed at a briefing and launch event on Monday, May 8, 2006 at the Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant in St. Paul, MN. Speakers included:
* Karen K. Narasaki, president, Asian American Justice Center
* Daniel Ichinose, Demographic Research Project, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
* Vee Nelson, executive director, Center for Asian Pacific Islanders
* William Yang, executive director, Hmong American Partnership
* Shivanthi Sathanandan, India Association of Minnesota
* Dr. Bruce Corrie, Concordia University (Moderator)

The panel presented the reports findings and discussed solutions to the problems facing Minneapolis-St. Paul’s AAPI population.

The report is a publication of the Asian American Justice Center, its affiliates, including the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a principal researcher of the report. The briefing and launch was organized by AAJC, APALC, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. The report and event are made possible through the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bank of America, Washington Mutual, Chung Ying Tang Foundation, Verizon, and Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

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