Housing Problems of Asian Americans
Julia L. Hansen
The objective of this study is to examine the conditions of housing units occupied by Asian Americans. 1 The first section describes trends in Asian American housing since 1950. The current housing status of Asian Americans is then analyzed with a focus on variability between Asian American ethnic subgroups, and differences between Asian Americans and whites. The variation in Asian American housing by ethnic subgroups is then analyzed with a focus on the variability between Asian American subgroups and their differences with whites. The interethnic variations are analyzed in view of the impacts of residential segregation and nativity on housing conditions. Differentials in Asian American-white housing conditions are examined with respect to the role of socioeconomic factors and locational differences.
Although housing units occupied by all of the major ethnic subgroups of Asian Americans appear to be improving, significant problems remain. Housing of Asian Americans is generally inferior to that of whites, in spite of Asian Americans' generally superior socioeconomic status. The problem of overcrowding is particularly severe. In addition to differences between whites and Asian Americans, large variations in housing conditions exist between different ethnic subgroups of Asian Americans. These variations appear to be related to differences in income and nativity, but not to differences in the degree of residential segregation from non-Asian Americans, which is low for all subgroups.
Due to data limitations, trends in Asian American housing prior to 1970 are difficult to document. Therefore, specific trends are examined for the