CBPR Among Asian Americans

Asians were the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the United States between 2000 and 2010.137 In fact, by 2050, 1 in 10 persons living in the United States will be Asian American. The designation “Asian American” embraces a variety of Asian subgroups; the largest are Chinese, followed by Asian Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese.137 Although the Asian American population has experienced significant growth, health disparities remain. These disparities are masked by the small sample size of most research studies of this population and the tendency of national datasets to aggregate the different ethnic subgroups.138-139

Although Asian Americans are often called the model minority and share similar cultural traits, such as allocentrism, there are differences among Asian subgroups. This heterogeneity includes differences in income, family unit and household size, insurance coverage, and education, as well as other sociodemographic characteristics.140 For example, Chinese Americans tend to be more educated and have higher income than Vietnamese Americans. The subgroups also differ in their health behaviors, health outcomes, and healthcare utilization.140

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