JACL and AAST Partner to Reveal ‘Demographic Overview of Japanese Americans’

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WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has partnered with the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland (AAST) to reveal a new report on the Japanese American community.

“A Demographic Overview of Japanese Americans” provides the latest demographic information of the Japanese American population as well as perspectives from members of local chapters of the JACL. It serves as a comprehensive report about the current and changing experiences of Japanese Americans and their communities.

The report is broken up into three sections. The first section presents a timeline of Japanese American history. From the arrival of Issei to the experiences of Nisei and Sansei during and after Word War II, this chapter not only provides a chronology of Japanese American history but also delineates the challenges and barriers Japanese Americans have had to face.

The following section provides a nuanced description of the changing dynamics of the Japanese American community and their demographic, social, and economic characteristics such as educational attainment, income, labor market participation, poverty, intermarriage, language, and naturalization.

The last section includes the top 10 communities of Japanese American population. JACL chapter members were interviewed to highlight the demographic characteristics of each metropolitan area.

To download a PDF copy, visit www.aast.umd.edu/japanese_americans.php.

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