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The Office of Management and Budget definitions of “Asians” and “Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders” are used by most federal agencies.

  • Asian refers to a person having origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander refers to a person having origins in Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

The Census Bureau reported that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) make up 6.5% of the United States population, with a total of 20.5 million in 2015 (Table 1). The Asian American and Pacific Islander population grew faster than any other racial group in the United States between 2000 and 2010, an increase of 43%. In Arizona, the AAPI population grew faster than the national percentage: 91.6% for Asian alone and 87.9% for Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone.

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In 2012, Arizona was the second fastest growing state for Asian American population (Table 2).

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There were 287,792 AAPI persons (race alone and in combination) residing in Arizona in 2015 (Table 3). Pima is the second most AAPI populated county in the state, with a total of 42,678. Fifty-seven percent (24,178) lived in Tucson.

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The top six Asian American ethnic population in Pima County were: Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Korean, and Japanese, and the top three Pacific Islander populations were Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, and Samoan in 2015 (Table 4).

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The Southern Arizona Asian & Pacific Islander Health Coalition (SAAPIHC) was established on August 28, 2010. SAAPIHC mission is to promote better health and wellness of Asian and Pacific Islander communities through education, networking, and advocacy.

Anyone who support the SAAPIHC mission is welcome to become a member. Coalition members include: Asian and Pacific Islander community leaders, health professionals, privately owned health business, health agencies, and University of Arizona faculty and students. The Coalition meets quarterly. SAAPIHC activities are ongoing.

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