Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Chinese Immigrants in San Francisco

A report by the National Economic Development and Law Center on the Chinese American population in San Francisco has found:

* 35% of the Chinese population ages 18 to 65 earned less than $10,000 in 1999; only 16 % of city residents as a whole earned that little.

* Lack of affordable child care is a barrier to securing living-wage jobs. Many Chinese parents qualify for child care subsidies but there are not enough to go around. Others earn too much to qualify for publicly-funded vouchers but not enough to afford unsubsidized child care.

* About 6.1 % of Chinese workers in San rancisco are employed as cashiers and in retail, 5.6% in texticle companies, 5% as office clerks, 4.9% in food preparation, 4.9% in housekeeping, and 5.9% as accountants and financial specialists.

* About 1 in 3 working-age Chinese American adults does not speak English well. Many expressed a strong preference for job training to be held in Chinese or geared toward people with limited proficiency in English.

* 37 % of immigrant Chinese Americans ages 25 and older do not have a high school diploma; the figure is 19 % in the general population.

* 10% of the Chinese population has not schooling, more than double the rate of San Francisco residents as a whole. About one-third of immigrant Chinese Americans have an associate's degre or higher, compared with about half of all San Francisco residents.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 21, 2005

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