Hong Kong Americans

Not to be confused with Americans in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Americans
Total population
(born in Hong Kong) (2012)[1]
Regions with significant populations
California, New York, Washington (Seattle)[2]
Predominantly English, varieties of Chinese:
Yue Chinese (Cantonese, Taishanese), Min Chinese (Eastern,[3] Southern), Hakka, Wu Chinese[4] (Taihu Wu, Oujiang Wu), Mandarin Chinese (Standard Chinese).
Unaffiliated, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Hong Kong Canadians, Hong Kong Britons
Hong Kong Australians, Hong Kong New Zealanders
Chinese Americans, Taiwanese Americans
Americans in Hong Kong, Overseas Chinese

Hong Kong Americans or American Hong Kongers are Americans of Hong Kong ancestry. Hong Kong has since 1997 been a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China; from 1841 to 1997 it was a British crown colony.

According to the 2012 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 219,231 Americans who are born in Hong Kong,[5][6] a figure that excludes immigrants from Hong Kong who were born elsewhere, and American-born descendants of these immigrants. Currently, there are over 330,000 Hong Kong immigrants to the United States.[7] This makes the United States the third largest home of Hong Kong diaspora, behind Hong Kong and Canada. Many of the Hong Kong Americans hold both United States citizenship and right of abode in Hong Kong. Other than the US passport, many of them also hold HKSAR Passport and British National (Overseas) passport.


After the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, an influx of Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong immigrants settled in Chinatown, San Francisco, California, and Chinatown, Manhattan, New York. In Chinatown neighborhoods, many Hong Kong immigrants opened businesses such as Chinese restaurants and supermarkets.[8][9][10]

During the 1980s and the 1990s, a large number of high-skilled Hong Kong immigrants settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where many were employed by high-technology companies in Silicon Valley. Many of the Hong Kong immigrants in the Bay Area resided in suburban communities, such as Burlingame, South San Francisco, San Mateo, Fremont, and in the Richmond District and Sunset District in San Francisco. [11][12] Many also settled in the New York Metropolitan area.


As of 2012, there are 219,231 people in the United States who are born in Hong Kong. 96,281 of people born in Hong Kong live in the state of California.[5] 39,523 of the people born in Hong Kong live in New York.[13] New Jersey, Texas and Washington have 9,487, 8,671, and 8,191 Hong Kong-born residents, respectively. There is also a sizable community of Hong Kongese in the Greater Boston Area, especially in Quincy, Massachusetts. Massachusetts has 7,464 residents born in Hong Kong.[14]

Notable Americans of Hong Kong origin


  1. "Race Reporting for the Asian Population by Selected Categories: 2010". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  2. "Host of Papers Cater to Seattle's Asian American Community : Media: An increasing inflow of immigrants is a major reason for the proliferation of such publications.". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 1995. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. "Ethnologue report for language code: cdo". Ethnologue.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  4. "Ethnologue report for language code: wuu". Ethnologue.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  5. 1 2 "2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  6. "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  7. http://www.ocac.gov.tw/download.asp?tag=P&file=DownFile/File_1619.pdf&no=1619
  8. "Chinatown History". San Francisco Chinatown. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  9. Ronald Skeldon (1994). Reluctant Exiles?: Migration from Hong Kong and the New Overseas Chinese. Hong Kong University Press. pp. 256–. ISBN 978-962-209-334-8. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  10. Ming K. Chan; Gerard A. Postiglione (1996). The Hong Kong Reader: Passage to Chinese Sovereignty. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 174–. ISBN 978-1-56324-870-2. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  11. Ronald Skeldon (1994). Reluctant Exiles?: Migration from Hong Kong and the New Overseas Chinese. Hong Kong University Press. pp. 242–. ISBN 978-962-209-334-8. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  12. Foley, Michael (2007). Religion and the New Immigrants : How Faith Communities Form Our Newest. Page 42. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  13. "2008-2010 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  14. Quincy's Asian American community is growing, changing, The Patriot Ledger
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