South East Asian Immigrants

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April 11, 2007 Professor Hafner The Demographics Of Asian American Immigrants An Asian American is a person who is of Asian ancestry who either immigrated to or was born in the United States of America. The Census uses the simple term Asian to categorize those people of Asian American lineage in America. Southeast Asians, East Asians, Central Asians, and Southern Asian all fall under this umbrella. People who are from the Middle East do not. It is also important to note that according to the United States Census Bureau regulations, the term American applies to all people counted by the census and does not take into account status of citizenship or immigration. As of 2005, there are almost thirteen million and nine hundred thousand people of either full or partial Asian descent currently residing in the United States. This number comprises just over four percent of the total population of the United States. Half of all Asian-Americans are concentrated in the state of Hawaii and on the West Coast (primarily in California), with significant numbers living in the Northeast as well. Collectively, Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, especially in terms of percentage increase. In the period between 1980 and 1985 Asians accounted for half of the nation’s immigrants.
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