The broad data on child poverty for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders does not capture the entirety of economic history.

Overall poverty data understates deprivation among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) children. At first glance, it appears that poverty disproportionately affects Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children, since Asian American children can be poor almost as much as white children (see below). Figure A). However, these extensive statistics hide large economic differences between AANHPI families and children of different backgrounds.

The combined poverty rates hide the disproportionate impact of poverty on children in different AANHPI groups.: Child poverty rate for Whites, Asians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, 2021

Race/ethnicity Child poverty rate
White 10.6%
in Asia 10.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 22.7%
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