The Rise of Asian Americans
Educated, hardworking, and family-oriented. These are probably the stereotypes
you’ve heard about Asian Americans, but how real are they? Pew Research
Center put it to the test, and found that the stereotypes – for the most
part – are rooted in reality:
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.
These milestones of economic success and social assimilation have
come to a group that is still majority immigrant. Nearly three-quarters
(74%) of Asian-American adults were born abroad; of these, about half
say they speak English very well and half say they don’t.
Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants
to the United States. The educational credentials of these recent arrivals
are striking. More than six-in-ten (61%) adults ages 25 to 64 who have
come from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelor’s degree.
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.S. history.