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Community Research Papers Series

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute has commissioned original research and scholarship whose aim is to document the history and the current status of the various Asian American communities of Connecticut. The Institute publishes a limited number of copies of these studies under its banner as the Community Research Papers Series (CRPS).


Asians in Connecticut : A Demographic Fact Book Volume 1, Fall 1997
Research conducted and written by Lance Hannon, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Univ. of Connecticut and supervised by Prof. of Sociology Wayne Villemez.

Using summary data from the US Census Bureau, this study describes demographic distributions, trends and general population characteristics at various location levels in Connecticut. This data will help to answer important questions concerning the Asian presence in Connecticut. While there are some excellent data compilations at the national level, there are few state and local level reports. This study is the first of its kind focusing on the Asian American population in Connecticut.


Asian Indians in Connecticut Volume 2, Fall 1999
Primary data gathered by Kamala Srinivasan, independent scholar. Research assistance provided by Mangala Subramaniam, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Univ. of Connecticut, and undergraduates Steve Balkaran and Jillian Jeffrey. Written by Bandana Purkayastha, then Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies.

The contemporary picture of Asian Indians is placed within a larger context of social, political and cultural patterns. The report focuses on the story of Asian Indians in Connecticut by looking at different dimensions of social life: their socio-demographic characteristics; the opportunities and constraints within which they are embedded; and the effort of the group to recreate their culture and lives. Includes a section on Asian Indian organizations in Connecticut.


Asian Americans in Connecticut, Census 2000: Race, Ethnicity, Household and Family Volume 3, Number 1, Fall 2004 is a follow-up to Asians in Connecticut (Volume 1), with a special focus on demographic changes since Census 1990. The report is authored by Anjana Narayan and Debarashmi Mitra, both doctoral candidates at UConn in Sociology, with maps generated by Paul Fernald, doctoral candidate at UConn in Geography, and supervised by Professor Bandana Purkayastha.

Organized into sections on Race and Ethnicity, Household and Family, and Racial composition and Poverty profiles in Metropolitan Area Schools, this report highlights the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of Asian Americans. It is an important contribution to the body of research on arguably Connecticut’s most diverse group of inhabitants. Download Asian Americans in Connecticut, census 2000, Volume 3, No. 1, Fall 2004.


Asian Americans in Connecticut, Census 2000: Citizenship, Income, Poverty, Employment and Education Volume 3, Number 2, Fall 2004 supplements the companion report, by closely examining data from Census 2000’s Summary File 3. Written by UConn graduate student Anjana Narayan and supervised by Professor Bandana Purkayastha, a more detailed and complex picture of Asians in Connecticut emerges. Download Asian Americans in Connecticut, census 2000, Volume 3, No. 2, Fall 2004.