Asian Americans in New York City

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Asian Americans in New York City
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Asian Americans in New York City represent the largest Asian American population of any city in the United States.


New York City alone, according to the 2010 Census, has now become home to more than one million Asian Americans, greater than the combined totals of San Francisco and Los Angeles.[2] New York contains the highest total Asian population of any U.S. city proper.[3] In 2010, 6.0% of New York City was of Chinese ethnicity, with about eighty percent of Chinese New Yorkers living in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn alone; New York City itself contains by far the highest ethnic Chinese population of any individual city outside Asia, estimated at 628,763 as of 2017.[4] There is also a rising demand of Asian population choose to live in Long Island City.[5] Much of the Chinese community lives in Chinatown, Brooklyn, Chinatown, Manhattan, Flushing, Queens, Long Island City, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

People of Korean heritage made up 1.2% of the city's population. They are more commonly in Flushing and Koreatown, Manhattan.

Japanese or Japanese American heritage people are 0.3% and have a presence in Manhattan.

Filipino and Filipino Americans were the largest southeast Asian ethnic group at 0.8%. The community has a stronghold in Woodside, Queens. Around 13,000 Filipino Americans and immigrants live in this area, equating to 15% of Woodside’s population.

followed by people of Vietnamese heritage, who made up 0.2% of New York City's population in 2010. Indian and Indian Americans comprise the largest South Asian group, comprising 2.4% of the city's population, with Bangladeshi and Bangladeshi Americans and people of Pakistani heritage at 0.7% and 0.5%, respectively.[6] Queens is over 8% South Asian; 6-7% Indian. Tompkinsville, Staten Island has many Sri Lankans.

Organizations and activism[edit]

One of the partner research centers of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium is based at the City University of New York. New York University hosts the Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies.[7] "Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York" was an exhibition at Interference Archive from December 2013 - March 2014,[8] supported by the Museum of Chinese in America.

Activist organizations:

Cultural organizations:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jonathan H. X. Lee; Kathleen M. Nadeau (2011). Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. ABC-CLIO. pp. 333–334. ISBN 978-0-313-35066-5. Since the Philippines was colonized by Spain, Filipino Americans in general can speak and understand Spanish too.
  2. ^ Kirk Semple (June 23, 2011). "Asian New Yorkers Seek Power to Match Numbers". The New York Times. Retrieved July 5, 2011. Asians, a group more commonly associated with the West Coast, are surging in New York, where they have long been eclipsed in the city's kaleidoscopic racial and ethnic mix. For the first time, according to census figures released in the spring, their numbers have topped one million—nearly 1 in 8 New Yorkers—which is more than the Asian population in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.
  3. ^ "Asian American Statistics". Améredia Incorporated. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "ACS DEMOGRAPHIC AND HOUSING ESTIMATES 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Chinese alone - New York City, New York". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Hong, Nicole (2021-10-18). "Inside the N.Y.C. Neighborhood With the Fastest Growing Asian Population". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
  6. ^ "Table SF1-P9 NYC: Total Asian Population by Selected Subgroups" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 5, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "Asian/Pacific/American Studies".
  8. ^ "Interference Archive - Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York".

Further reading[edit]

  • "Asian Americans, New York City." Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Ed. Richard T. Schaefer. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2008. 97-98. ISBN 9781412926942