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Show topic: Asian Roundtable

May 22, 2011
Asian Roundtable
Hosted by ABC7's Kristen Sze

Today's show looks at our Asian American community. This May, we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a roundtable discussion. We've invited three Bay Area leaders to talk about their personal experiences and the opportunities and challenges for the Asian American community.

Asians are one of the fasted growing minorities in California. According to the 2010 U.S. Census:

  • Asians and Pacific Islanders make up 13.4 percent of California's population.
  • Asians have grown 31.5 percent since the 2000 Census.
  • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders' number is up 23.4 percent.
  • Asians are the majority population in 28 cities and census-designated places in the state.
  • Cupertino and Milpitas are each at 63 percent.

A report by the group California Watch finds that Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are the largest minority population in four California counties. They are all in the Bay Area:

  • Alameda 27 percent
  • San Francisco 33.7 percent
  • San Mateo 26.2 percent
  • Santa Clara 32.4 percent

Studio Guests:

Michele Lew
President & CEO, Asian Americans for Community Involvement
(408) 975-2739

Mike Guingona
Daly City City Council Member, Former Mayor
Trial Attorney

Steve Ngo
Member of Board of Trustees, San Francisco Community College District
Trial Attorney

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