Abstract of Journal Article -- November 2004
By Jenny K. Yi, PhD, MPH; Beverly Gor, EdD, RD, LD; and
TruongSon Hoang, BS
Texas has the fourth largest population of Asian
Americans in the United States, and Asian Americans are among the
fastest-growing racial groups in the state. The Asian American
community in Texas comprises more than 60 separate racial and
ethnic subgroups that speak more than 30 different languages.
Perhaps because the histories, cultures, and socioeconomic and
health status of these communities are so heterogeneous, they
remain the most poorly understood minority group in Texas.
Recognizing the cultural diversity and demographic heterogeneity of
this population is critical for understanding the health status of
Asian Americans. This paper is intended to help health care
practitioners understand and appreciate the diversity of
backgrounds and health needs of Asian Americans in Texas.