To promote better public policy in the face of rapid demographic change, A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Midwest, 2012 provides community organizations, policy makers, foundations, businesses, and others with the latest data on the Midwest’s growing Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities. The report features data on discrete ethnic groups to advance a better understanding of the considerable social and economic diversity, assets, and compelling needs within these communities.
Highlights include the following:
- Asian Americans and NHPI are two of the Midwest’s fastest growing racial groups.
- Asian Americans and NHPI in the Midwest help create jobs and promote economic growth.
- Asian Americans and NHPI in the Midwest are becoming increasingly engaged through citizenship and voter registration.
- Immigration continues to shape Asian American and NHPI communities in the Midwest.
- Increasing numbers of Asian Americans in the Midwest face language barriers.
- The educational attainment of Asian Americans in the Midwest is mixed.
- The number of Asian American poor in the Midwest is increasing.
- The number of unemployed Asian Americans in the Midwest is increasing dramatically.
- Asian Americans in the Midwest have below average rates of homeownership.
- Asian Americans in the Midwest are disproportionately uninsured.
A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Midwest, 2012 was made possible by the generous support of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation, and Bank of America.