Descriptive essay Asian americans or African Americans

Descriptive essay Asian americans or African Americans

Question Description

 

 

1.  Write a descriptive essay that summarizes the contributions of either Asian Americans or African Americans to the culture of America. Use the diagram or chart that you created on either African Americans or Asian Americans.

African Americans “instead of the diagram”

The reading assignments will focus on African Americans using information from these documents.

U.S. Census 2000

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. “African Reflections on the American Landscape, Chapter 1: Africa in America: An Introduction.” 2012. http://www.cr.nps.gov/crdi/publications/Africanisms-Chapter1.pdf.

These reading assignments discuss the cultural contributions of African Americans. The concept of Africanism will also be discussed. These articles describe the works of various authors and their opinions of the social and cultural status of African Americans.

The Black population: a Snapshot.

“In the total population, 34.7 million people, or 12.3 percent, reported only Black. An additional 1.8 million people reported Black and at least one other race. Within this group, the most common combinations were “Black and White” (45 percent), followed by “Black and Some other race” (24 percent), “Black and American Indian and Alaska Native” (10 percent), and “Black and White and American Indian and Alaska Native” (6 percent). These four combination categories accounted for 85 percent of all Blacks who reported two or more races. Thus, 36.4 million, or 12.9 percent of the total population, reported Black alone or in combination with one or more other races.”

Source:
U.S. Census 2000

The Black Population Increased Faster Than the Total Population Between 1990 and 2000

“The 1990 census showed there were 30.0 million Blacks. Using the Black alone population in 2000 shows an increase of 4.7 million, or 15.6 percent, in the total Black population between 1990 and 2000. If the Black alone or in combination population is used, an increase of 6.4 million, or 21.5 percent, results. Thus, from 1990 to 2000, the minimum-maximum range for the increase in the Black population was 15.6 percent to 21.5 percent. In comparison, the total population grew by 13.2 percent, from 248.7 million in 1990 to 281.4 million in 2000.”

The Majority of the Black Population Lived in the South

According to Census 2000, of all respondents who reported Black, 54 percent lived in the South, 19 percent lived in the Midwest, 18 percent lived in the Northeast, and 10 percent lived in the West.

Source:
U.S. Census 2000

“The places with the largest Black populations were New York and Chicago.”

Census 2000 showed that, of all places in the United States with populations of 100,000 or more, New York had the largest Black population, with 2.3 million, followed by Chicago (1.1 million). Three other places—Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston—had Black populations between 500,000 and 1 million.

“Of the ten largest places in the United States, Detroit had the largest proportion of Blacks, 83 percent, followed by Philadelphia (44 percent), and Chicago (38 percent). Blacks represented less than 10 percent of the population in Phoenix (6 percent).”

Source:

U.S. Census 2000

Asian Americans “Instead of the diagrams”

“Of the total United States population, 10.2 million people, or 3.6 percent, reported only Asian. An additional 1.7 million people reported Asian and at least one other race.”

“Within this group, the most common combinations were “Asian and White” (52 percent), followed by “Asian and Some other race” (15 percent), “Asian and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander” (8.4 percent) and “Asian and Black or African American” (6.4 percent). These four combination categories accounted for 82 percent of all Asians who reported two or more races. Thus, 11.9 million people, or 4.2 percent of the total population, reported Asian alone or in combination with one or more other races.”

U.S. Census 2000

The Asian Population Increased Faster Than the Total Population Between 1990 and 2000

“The 1990 census counted 6.9 million Asians. Using the Asian alone population in 2000, this population increased by 3.3 million, or 48 percent, between 1990 and 2000. If the Asian alone or in combination population is used, an increase of 5.0 million, or 72 percent, results. Thus, from 1990 to 2000, the range for the increase in the Asian population was 48 percent to 72 percent. In comparison, the total population grew by 13 percent, from 248.7 million in 1990 to 281.4 million in 2000.”

U.S. Census 2000

Over Half of All People Who Reported Asian Lived in Just Three States

“Over half (51 percent) of the Asian population lived in just three states: California, New York, and Hawaii, which accounted for 19 percent of the total population. California, by far, had the largest Asian population (4.2 million), followed by New York (1.2 million), and Hawaii (0.7 million). The ten states with the largest Asian populations in 2000 were: California, New York, Hawaii, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington, Florida, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Combined, these states represented 75 percent of the Asian population, but only 47 percent of the total population in the United States.”

U.S. Census 2000

The Asian Population was Concentrated in Counties in the West, Especially in Hawaii and California

“Of the 3,141 counties in the United States, 122 counties had Asian populations greater than the national average of 4.2 percent, of which 39 counties had at least twice the national average.”

“The overwhelming majority of counties (2,382) had lower concentrations of Asians (less than 1 percent).”
“Not surprisingly, the counties with the highest concentration of Asians (over 25 percent) were in Hawaii. Honolulu County, by far, had the highest proportion of Asians (62 percent). Three other counties in Hawaii were more than 47 percent Asian.”

U.S. Census 2000

“The two places with the largest Asian populations were New York and Los Angeles.”

“Census 2000 showed that, of all places in the United States with 100,000 or more population, New York had the largest Asian population with 872,777, followed by Los Angeles with 407,444. Eight places had Asian populations over 100,000: five in the West, and one each in the Northeast, Midwest, and the South. Of the ten largest places in the United States, San Diego had the largest proportion of Asians (15 percent), followed by Los Angeles and New York with 11 percent each. Asians represented 1.3 percent of the total population in Detroit, the lowest percentage among the country’s ten largest cities.”