Who are the American-Chinese?

July 18, 2007

For those of you who like statistics I have an overload here.  Here’s a breakdown of the ethnic Chinese in America.  There are a few conclusions that may be surprising.  Firstly the median household income is considerably higher than average – about 27% higher.  Secondly the Chinese population are under-represented as self employed – although working for a family business will not show as being self employed.

Two interesting facts are the number of foreign born Chinese Americans and the number who speak a language other than English.


Number of Overseas Chinese

July 15, 2007

One of the eye openers about China is the number of ethnic Chinese people who live outside China.  Some notable numbers from Wikipedia:

  • The United States has 3 million Chinese, of whom 2 million claim not to speak English “very well”.
  • Canada has 1.3 million ethnic Chinese – almost 4% of the population
  • In Australia and New Zealand the Chinese population is around 2.5% of the total population
  • France and the United Kingdom each have around 300,000 ethnic Chinese people
  • Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have a combined Chinese population of 22.8 million.  As they tend to be more wealthy than their non-Chinese neighbours, that’s quite a nice market.

That looks like quite a few valuable niches to market to.

The Overseas Chinese and Tourism

July 12, 2007

For those of our readers in the tourist sector we have found a paper on two of our favourite subjects – the Overseas Chinese and tourism.  It’s a long read.