A new Pew Research Center survey, “The Rise of Asian Americans,” finds some startling changes in immigration patterns to America. A decade ago, 19% of immigrants to the United States were Asians and 59% were Hispanics. That’s all changed. In 2010, 36% of all new immigrants were from Asian countries and 31% were Hispanics. The face of America is changing once again. The Pew study concludes: “Asian Americans are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest-growing racial group in the country.” Consider the statistic on higher education attainment. Almost 7 out of 10 Asian immigrants to the U.S. from either South Korea or Japan will have their bachelors, according to the Pew study:
Compared with the educational attainment of the population in their country of origin, recent Asian immigrants also stand out as a select group. For example, about 27% of adults ages 25 to 64 in South Korea and 25% in Japan have a bachelor’s degree or more. In contrast, nearly 70% of comparably aged recent immigrants from these two countries have at least a bachelor’s degree.
That does not mean that everything is rosy for Asian Americans.
The survey noted that Indian-Americans stand out in the personal importance they place on parenting – 78% of them said being a good parent is one of the most important things to them personally.
Korean-Americans are the most likely to say discrimination against their group is a major problem, and they are the least likely to say that their group gets along very well with other racial and ethnic groups.
What do you think of the study’s findings?