The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.




Asian Americans and NHPI face language barriers that impact their ability to access critical services, like health care and police protection. According to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, approximately 28% to 35% of Asian Americans in the metropolitan areas featured in this report are limited English proficient (LEP) and experience some difficulty communicating in English. The need for language assistance will only continue to grow as the numbers of LEP Asian Americans and NHPI in the region increase.


Asian Americans and NHPI are not “model minorities” in  the educational arena. While some are well educated, many have not completed high school. According to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Asian Americans and NHPI are consistently less likely than Whites to hold a high school degree. Among Asian American ethnic groups, Southeast Asians are as likely as Latinos and African Americans to have finished high school.

Income and Employment

Like others in the region, Asian Americans and NHPI have been impacted by the recent economic crisis. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the number of unemployed Asian Americans has increased dramatically  in states throughout the South, while data from the Census Bureau show corresponding increases in the number of Asian Americans living in poverty. Some Asian American ethnic groups have poverty rates comparable to those of Latinos and African Americans.