Date

6-2013

Degree Name

BS in Social Sciences

Department

Social Sciences Department

Advisor(s)

Gregory Bohr

Abstract

The goal of my senior project is to perform a spatial analysis of Asian American settlement patterns within California. With my findings, I want to predict future Asian immigrant settlement patterns, places within California that they will likely cluster around, the rate of immigration, and how their increasing or decreasing presence in California affects California’s urban and economic climate. What I hope to achieve from this study is an understanding for why certain areas attract more Asians than others. By finding the answers to the following questions, I will be able to forecast the future spread of Asian Americans in California: Why do Asians choose to establish themselves at particular places? Does it make geographic sense that they placed themselves where they are living today? What are the factors that pull Asians to California and the factors that push Asians to leave their homeland in the first place?

Urban planning should account for the characteristics and behaviors of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. With more Asian immigrants expected to enter California in the future, we need to look at how to sustainably build and develop communities the already existing communities in California. Planners will need to rethink their plans for housing, schools and other public services so that it accounts for the newcomers among us. My ultimate goal for this project is to realize the spread of Asian settlement in California and to depict settlement patterns found in the influx of Asian immigrants.

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