The Institute of Public Policy and Economic Analysis here atEastern Washington University recently completed a survey onAsian-American populations in both Spokane County and KootenaiCounty, Idaho.
The study profiled the social and economic growth of theAsian-American population.
This study followed a precious one on population done earlierthis year. The first study showed a 28 percent increase in Spokanecounty’s Asian-American population, and a 115 percentincrease in kootenai county. Both populations growths were shownfrom 1990 to 2000.
EWU’s very own assistant professor of sociology andcriminal justice was the head on the two studies. Pui-Yan Lamconducted the research under an institute grant he received. Thestudy done in June was the end product of Lam’s research.
The studies showed which Asian ethnic groups were the largest.In Spokane County the largest, in order, were Japanese, Vietnameseand Chinese. In Kootenai County they were Filipino, Japanese andChinese.
Also showed in the two studies were the changes in social andeconomic status over the same ten-year period. In Kootenai Countythe individual poverty rate for Asian Americans has dropped. In tenyears the drop was 9.1 percent, from 20.8 to 11.7 percent of thepopulation.
The average incomes of Asian-Americans are lower than thegeneral population of Spokane County. In fact the Asian-Americanpopulations of both counties are diverse in their economic andsocial status.
Asian-Americans in Spokane County are two-thirds foreignborn.
More than half of those entered the United States between 1990and 2000. In Kootenai County most Asian-Americans are native to theUnited States and many of those can only speak English.