WHO THEY ARE
There is an estimated 1,100,000 Russian-speaking residents living in California. Russian-speaking community includes over 150 ethnic minorities from the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union all united by 1 common language. Slavic-American population incorporates people of multiple ancestry including Russian, Ukrainian, Armenian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Slovak, Uzbek, Kazakh, Georgian, Moldavian, and other. Although each ethnic group has its own cultural identity, a majority of Slavic people speak Russian as their first or second language at home.