Vietnamese Elders Overcome Isolation, Language Barriers to Be Counted in Census

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Editor’s note: Since the end of March, the Census Bureau has been tracking mail-in response rates to the 2010 Census questionnaire, and posting daily updates on their Web site, Although the national response rate is now above 70 percent, certain pockets of the country -- primarily low-income and ethnic communities -- are participating at a far lower rate. One example is the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, where as of April 23 only 50 percent of all households had returned a census form. New America Media went to the Tenderloin to interview some of the neighborhood’s “hardest to count” community members -- immigrant elders living in SRO hotels and subsidized apartments -- who managed to be counted in the decennial census, despite substantial obstacles.