That’s still a tiny portion of the overall Asian-American population — particularly in California. According to A.A.P.I. Data, a group that tracks demographics of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, there are 94,454 Hmong people in California compared with more than 1.4 million Chinese people.
But Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of U.C. Riverside’s School of Public Policy and A.A.P.I. Data’s director, said Southeast Asians faced particular challenges that have often been overlooked.