Published Date: May 06, 2022

Summary: Asian American or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) children come from racially and ethnically diverse populations. More than 1.5 million children and youth in California identify as Asian American (AA) and 90,000 identify as Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NHPI), including those who also identify with another race or ethnicity. Nearly nine in 10 (86%) AA children and nearly one in two (48%) NHPI children live in immigrant families with at least one parent or guardian who was born outside of the United States. Nearly 1 in 4 (21%) AANHPI children live with only noncitizen parents.

Data presented in this fact sheet, including estimates from the 2020 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), highlight some of the barriers that AANHPI children, youth and families face in California that shape their health and well-being, including exposure to COVID-19, need for mental health services, lack of health coverage, limited language ability, experiences of hate and discrimination, poor economic status, and food insecurity. The fact sheet also highlights protective factors — conditions or attributes that help mitigate or eliminate risks to health — that can support the lifelong success of AANHPI children and youth, such as maintaining heritage culture and language, bilingualism, and strong and supportive family relationships.​

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