BROOKLYN - It was a celebration of Asian Americans and their heritage in Bay Ridge Sunday. 

Dozens gathered in McKinley Park as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May, which recognizes multiple backgrounds and traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. 

Organizers say that despite their contributions, Asians still struggle to find their place. The most pressing issue may be poverty, with recent data showing that Asian-Americans are the poorest minority group in the city and have limited job prospects. 

Event sponsor and state Sen. Martin Golden says that over the past 13 years, the Asian population has tripled in south Brooklyn.