(1) SEAC exists to amplify a voice for the quickly growing Asian American population in the Carolinas

(2) SEAC cultivates grassroots power through community engagement, social justice, and youth organizing

(3) SEAC exists to add an Asian American voice to the collective movement for justice and equity in North Carolina

We are often referred to as “The Village”.

SEAC exists to reinforce and uphold integrity, empowerment, inclusion, tradition, leadership, and critical consciousness at the grassroots level.

What makes the need in North Carolina different is that the influx of the Asian community is a relatively new phenomenon. From 2000-2010, North Carolina was tied for the 3rd fastest growing Asian population growing 85%. What has attributed to this growth is not just the resettlement of new refugees and immigrants, but also Asian American populations re-locating to the South. As a result this multi-faceted growth spurt has outpaced the necessary support needed to support these communities.



Ethnic Tribes from Southeast Asia in North Carolina

North Carolina is unique in that it is home to many ethnic minorities from Southeast Asian countries. For example North Carolina is home to the largest Montagnard community outside of Southeast Asia (a diverse group of ethnic minorities from Vietnam), and is the 4th largest Hmong community in the United States. This makes North Carolina’s Southeast Asian population very diverse, but also easily misunderstood. The idea that a particular nationality defines one's ethnicity can cause many assumptions that lead to inadequately serving these communities.

 

North Carolina – A destination for 2nd or 3rd places of resettlement

Many Southeast Asian Americans are also choosing North Carolina as home due to family connections, a lower cost of living, more work, and less crime than other Southeast Asian hubs. It is not uncommon to find that many Vietnamese or Hmong in North Carolina have come from other hubs such as California, Florida, Minnesota, and surrounding states. These first generation refugees are often choosing North Carolina as a destination for second or third places of  resettlement.