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Demographics of the Chinese Language in the U.S. 2014 STARTALK/NHLRC Teacher Workshop Jessica Hung, Guannan Wang, Jeanie White, Wei Yin, Wei Zhang and Yue Zheng. 1. Chinese and its regional dialects 2. Where do Chinese speakers in the U.S. come from

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Demographics of the chinese language in the u s

Demographics of the Chinese Language in the U.S.

2014 STARTALK/NHLRC Teacher Workshop

Jessica Hung, Guannan Wang, Jeanie White, Wei Yin, Wei Zhang and Yue Zheng


1. Chinese and its regional dialects

2. Where do Chinese speakers in the U.S.

come from

3. Number of speakers of Chinese in the U.S

4. How has the number of speakers changed over the years?

5. Where in the U.S. do they live?


Mandarin?

Chinese?


Qinshi Huang (秦始皇)

-221bc to 210 bc

The first emperor of China


Cantonese- one of the most spoken dialects of Chinese

Mandarin- Official language

- The language that most schools in China teach


Where is mandarin chinese spoken
Where is Mandarin Chinese spoken?

  • China

  • Taiwan

  • Singapore and Southeast Asia

  • around the world


Where do chinese speakers in the u s come from

Where do Chinese speakers in the U.S. come from?

Guangdong and Fujian

Other parts in Mainland China

Taiwan, HongKong, Macau

Some countries in the Southeast Asia like Singapore




Comparison of chinese speakers in 1980 and 2011
Comparison of Chinese Speakers in 1980 and 2011

From census.gov (Language spoken at home by ability to speak English for the population 5 years and over 1 year estimate)



How many speakers of chinese are there in the u s
How many speakers of Chinese are there in the U.S.?

Chinese 2,455,583

  • Cantonese 437,301

  • Mandarin 381,121

  • Formosan76,131

  • Fuchow 2,671

  • Wu 2,477

  • Kan, Hsiang 291

    Detailed Languages Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over for the United States: 2006-2008


Where in the u s do they reside
Where in the U.S. do they reside?

Nine states with the most Chinese speakers

StatesNumber of Speakers

  • CA 926,918

  • NY 454,479

  • TX 114,309

  • NJ 100,441

  • MA 89,914

  • IL 76,514

  • WA 68,083

  • PA 59,127

  • MG 54,869

In 2010, half of Chinese-born people living in the United States lived either in California or New York State.


Nine states with the least Chinese speakers in the U.S.

StatesNumber of Speakers

  • WV 1,576

  • AK 1,028

  • ND 988

  • MT 919

  • SD 801

  • VT 798

  • PR 664

  • WY 578


What cities do they live in
What cities do they live in?

  • New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, WashingtonD.C., Houston, Seattle, Chicago…

  • Multiple Chinatowns, an older one and a newer one (populated by immigrants from the past three decades)

  • Have varied educational experiences and socioeconomic status



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