Asians Are New York City's Fastest Growing Minority
According to the New York Times, data from the April Census figures reveal that Asians in New York City now comprise 13% of the city's population, a 32% increase since 2000. "The Hispanic population grew only 8 percent during that time, while the ranks of non-Hispanic whites declined 3 percent and blacks declined 5 percent." Asian advocates claim however that, even though Asians are now 13% of the city's population, they get shafted on social services. For example, a community organizer laments that the City Council only provides 1.4% of its discreationary budget to social services for Asians and "less than a quarter of one percent of the money for city social-service contracts." The problem also lies in politicians' assumption that Asians are the "model minority" because of the perception that they are over-achievers.