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- by Andy Ho
The 2010 Census, the last major survey of the American people, was the first one to detail the Asian American population into specific ethnic subgroups - Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Bhutanese, Hmong, Laotian, and on. This detail sheds further insight into the diversity of the Asian American population, providing for some very interesting data, especially when economic, education, health, and other data are layered on top.
It's also great the Census is spreading this information in multiple languages now. According to the most recent WHIAAPI newsletter, the Bureau has translated and released the 2010 Census Asian Population Brief in three Asian languages, which include Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. These in-language briefs show that the Asian population grew faster than any other race group over the last decade. The population that identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, grew by 45.6 percent from 2000 to 2010, while those who identified as Asian alone grew by 43.3 percent. Both populations grew at a faster rate than the total U.S. population, which increased by 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010. Out of the total U.S. population, 14.7 million people, or 4.8 percent, were Asian alone. In addition, 2.6 million people, or another 0.9 percent, reported Asian in combination with one or more other races. Together, these two groups totaled 17.3 million people. Thus, 5.6 percent of all people in the United States identified as Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more other races. See the Simplified Chinese version here, Korean version here, the Vietnamese version here, and the original English press release here.