Spotlight: Asian American and Pacific Islander Poverty

Spotlight on Asian American and Pacific Islander Poverty

By Josh Ishimatsu
June 2013

With the recent attention to Asians in the United States as a relatively economically successful population (e.g., the recently released The Rise of Asian Americans, Pew Research Center, 2012), it is easy to overlook the nearly two million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs collectively—AAs for the category of Asian Americans and NHPIs for the subcategory of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) who live in poverty. This report is an attempt to focus attention on people in need and to broaden the conversation about what it means to be AAPI in America.