Printer-Friendly Version In a lot of ways, Asian Americans have done remarkably well in achieving "the American dream" of getting a good education, working at a good job, and earning a good living.
This new edition of our report on Asian Americans provides data on 14 smaller Asian origin groups with population counts belowin the Census, along with detailed data on the economic and demographic characteristics of adults in nine of these groups.
Our original report contained survey and Census data on all Asian Americans as well as specific information on the six largest Asian origin groups. Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success, according to a comprehensive new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center.
A century ago, most Asian Americans were low-skilled, low-wage laborers crowded into ethnic enclaves and targets of official discrimination. Today they are the most likely of any major racial or ethnic group in America to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry across racial lines.
Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States. The educational credentials of these recent arrivals are striking. This is double the share among recent non-Asian arrivals, and almost surely makes the recent Asian arrivals the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.
Compared with the educational attainment of the population in their country of origin, recent Asian immigrants also stand out as a select group. Recent Asian immigrants are also about three times as likely as recent immigrants from other parts of the world to receive their green cards—or permanent resident status—on the basis of employer rather than family sponsorship though family reunification remains the most common legal gateway to the U.
The modern immigration wave from Asia is nearly a half century old and has pushed the total population of Asian Americans—foreign born and U.
S born, adults and children—to a record Asian Americans trace their roots to any of dozens of countries in the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Each country of origin subgroup has its own unique history, culture, language, religious beliefs, economic and demographic traits, social and political values, and pathways into America.
But despite often sizable subgroup differences, Asian Americans are distinctive as a whole, especially when compared with all U. According to the Pew Research Center survey of a nationally representative sample of 3, Asian Americans, conducted by telephone from Jan.
They also stand out for their strong emphasis on family. Their living arrangements align with these values. They are more likely than the general public to live in multi-generational family households.
Asian Americans have a pervasive belief in the rewards of hard work. By their own lights, Asian Americans sometimes go overboard in stressing hard work. The immigration wave from Asia has occurred at a time when the largest sending countries have experienced dramatic gains in their standards of living.
But few Asian immigrants are looking over their shoulders with regret. And by lopsided margins, Asian Americans say the U.
Respondents rated their country of origin as being superior on just one of seven measures tested in the survey—strength of family ties. The survey was conducted only among Asian Americans currently living in the U. As is the case with all immigration waves, a portion of those who came to the U.“There’s an assumption that white Americans make about Asian-American social class status based on racial identity.
It’s the idea of the model minority; that Asian Americans are successful, high income, studious, hard working, quiet,” said C.N. Le, PhD., a University of Massachusetts sociologist.
Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The term refers to a panethnic group that includes diverse populations, which have ancestral origins in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Asian American groups have made variants of these arguments since the early s and have filed multiple complaints against and urged investigations into a number of universities.
Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard.
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