Broad child poverty data for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander population don’t tell the whole economic story

Broad poverty data understate the extent of deprivation among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) children. At first glance, poverty appears to just disproportionately affect Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children, as Asian American children seem to be nearly as likely as white children to be poor (see Figure A). However, wide economic disparities between AANHPI families and children of different backgrounds hide under these broad statistics. 

Combined poverty rates obscure the disproportionate impact of poverty on different AANHPI children: Child poverty rates among white, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 2021

Race / Ethnicity Child poverty rate
White 10.6%
Asian  10.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 22.7%
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