The NY Times looks at data from the April Census figures which reveal that New York City's Asian population grew by 32% since 2000: "The Hispanic population grew only 8 percent during that time, while the ranks of non-Hispanic whites declined 3 percent and blacks declined 5 percent." However, even though Asians are now 13% of the city's population, advocates say that they get shafted on social services.

Steven Choi, a community organizer, told the Times that the City Council only gives 1.4% of its discretionary money to social services for Asians and "less than a quarter of one percent of the money for city social-service contracts." And another problem, many advocacy groups say, is that politicians assume Asians are the "model minority" and are always high-achieving.

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families' executive director Wayne Ho tells us, "It is important to note that we can refute the Model Minority Myth from what we have seen in our own community in New York City. The facts are that 1 out of every 2 Asian Pacific American Children is born into poverty, 1 out of 5 of every Asian Pacific high school students does not graduate on time (or at all), and 1 out of 8 Asian Pacific Americans does not have health insurance. This is all occurring while Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest growing population in America’s most populous city. It is critical for the well being of New York City that we have a seat at the table when decisions are being made."

Choi admits that one issue has been the fact that there are so many nationalities under the Asian umbrella—Chinese, Indian, Korean, Bangladeshi, Japanese, etc.—"It’s important as a coalition that we’re not letting one narrative dominate over another." The Times also has a map showing where Asians are in the city and notes about where populations are growing.