September 4th 2018 Language Gap Drives Growing Asian American Poverty in NYC

A study found that Asian Americans have the starkest wealth divide of any other group

By Emma Whitford (


“I cannot tell you the number of times, as a leader of this movement, I have heard these words: ‘Oh, your community is okay,’” says Annetta Seecharran, executive director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation, a Jackson Heights nonprofit that provides English classes and housing and financial planning assistance to South Asian New Yorkers. “We’re seeing how this image of the successful Asian is determining the resources that come to the neediest.”

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