New Demographic Report Released on City of LA’s AANHPI Communities

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating and learning about the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities in the City of Los Angeles. As part of APAHM, Advancing Justice-LA and the City collaborated to produce a brief demographic report on this growing population.

What does demographic data that highlights issues of poverty and limited English proficiency have to do with celebrating AANHPI cultures and traditions? Celebrating the cultural diversity of the AANHPI community in Los Angeles requires recognizing the different contexts and histories that may affect the well-being of AANHPIs today.

As Los Angeles’ fastest-growing racial groups -- and with a population of nearly half a million --  the City’s AANHPI population is also a political force. The number of registered Asian American voters in the city jumped nearly one-third between 2000 and 2012, with 133,000 registered voters in 2012.  Check out the report on the City of Los Angeles’ Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website or download it here.

Special thank you to Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember David E. Ryu, and Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto for their support of this project.


By Jeffer Giang, research analyst, Demographic Research Project at Advancing Justice-LA



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