Asian-Americans Least Hit by Crime Than Other Racial Groups

by VR Sreeraman on  March 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM General Health News
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Asian-Americans suffer less from violent crime than other racial groups in the United States, Justice Department figures have shown.
 Asian-Americans Least Hit by Crime Than Other Racial Groups
Asian-Americans Least Hit by Crime Than Other Racial Groups

Some 11 out of 1,000 Asian-Americans aged 12 or older are the victims of non-fatal violent crimes each year, compared with 24 out of every 1,000 non-Asian Americans, according to statistics released Wednesday.

In 2006, 360 Asian-Americans were murdered. They were victims of two percent of all US homicides, while accounting for about four percent of the population, the study found.

In one of the more striking differences among racial groups, strangers were responsible for most crime against Asian-Americans.

Seventy-seven percent of violent crimes against Asian-American men was committed by strangers, compared with 59 percent for non-Asians. Half of crimes against Asian-American women was by people they did not know, compared with 34 percent for other women.

The government study did not delve into analysis. It defined Asian-Americans as those tracing their ethnicity to the Far East or the Indian subcontinent, as well as Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Some Asian-American leaders have cautioned against the "model minority" image, noting that the community is diverse and some of its members are struggling.

Asians-American tend to have higher education and income than the national average, according to the latest statistical profile by the Asian-American Studies Center at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

The average Asian-American household earns 66,103 dollars a year, against a national average of 50,233, it said. But there were major differences within the community, with Americans of Indian origin the wealthiest.

Source: AFP
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