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Chinese American New Yorkers have a lower standard of living than the overall city population, according to a profile released by the Asian American Federation’s Census Information Center. While they comprise nearly half of all Asian Americans in the city, Chinese Americans have lower incomes, less education and higher poverty rates than city residents in general. Based on 2000 census data, Chinese Americans earned more than $5,500 less per person than the city population on the whole; 42 percent of adult Chinese Americans didn’t finish high school, compared with 28 percent of all New Yorkers. Though the Asian American Foundation hasn’t drawn any formal conclusions from the profile, Anna Lee, a research assistant at the Foundation, attributes the findings to high immigration rates, poor education in immigrants’ home countries and the difficulty Chinese Americans face in trying to work while learning a new language. [10/25/04]

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