Asian-American community grows 50 percent in a decade

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Koreatown residents sit in an L.A. CIty Counil hearing on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

The Census Bureau has new data on the country's Asian-American population, and they confirm that the community is far more diverse than most people think.

Demographer Dan Ichinose, a member of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, says that while some Asian groups (particularly mainland Chinese and Koreans) have done well economically, that's not the case across the board.

“Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, and Bangladeshi Americans have per capita incomes that resemble those of African-Americans and Latinos," according to Ichinose. "So clearly, there’s considerable socio-economic diversity within the Asian-American community.”

Recent estimates by the Census Bureau say that 60 percent of Asians in the U.S. are immigrants, and that the flow of immigration has been steadily increasing. The Asian population has grown by nearly 50 percent since 2000, a faster rate than any other racial group in the last decade.

Los Angeles is currently home to the greatest number of Asian-Americans in the country.

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