Asian-Americans Dominate New Immigrants

Asian-Americans Dominate New Immigrants to US

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?


9 thoughts on “Asian-Americans Dominate New Immigrants

  1. I am so surprised by these statistics. I used to live in Arizona, which is right next to Mexico. Yes, I was there when Arizona made the law where they could stop Hispanics to question them if they are illegal aliens. This caused so much protest to take place, and not once did I imagine that Asians hold the larger immigrant ratio.

  2. “…In contrast, nearly 70% of comparably aged recent immigrants from these two countries have at least a bachelor’s degree.” I am not surprised at all. Japanese parents (as well as Korean parents) are very motivated and eager to make their kids the best at anything. From a young age, kids go to “juku” to study more than what they need to study at school. There are even summer camps where children ages 8-10 stay at a school far from home and just study morning ’til night. I have a lot of Asian friends who got into very good schools and now work at famous high-salaried companies. Because these countries are economically growing, there is more money to spend on their children and their future. To me, it seems like a never-ending cycle of thirst: wanting more and never getting satisfied.

  3. As people say, the United States is a melting pot of races. On the other hand, almost all of the former U.S. presidents are WASP. It shows us there is still a racial class system. However, this article tells us that the depth of its society may be slightly changing.

    The rise of the Asian-American population is a remarkable occurrence as an Asian and I think it relates to the high-level of economic growth in China, India, and Korea. These countries are becoming strong powers in the world today and people from these countries have high spirits to be rich or higher status than where they belong now. It is often said that Chinese parents and Indian parents bring their children up strictly to be wealthier than themselves. I believe that it is one of their customs today. Also, there are many Koreans who are brought up in the U.S. to get a better future. I think Koreans have very strong ambitions so that there are many Korean electrical appliances and cars in the world today. The rise of Asian-Americans results from their hungry spirit.

  4. It is a pleasant fact that the number of the Asia-American immigrants is rising. As a matter of fact, I was able to discover this when I had my visit to NY in March. There was this huge private high school building in the middle of Manhattan, and I asked my cousin what kinds of groups of kids go there. What she implied was wealthy, well-educated and Asian-Americans. This wasn’t that surprising for me because I knew that Asians are hard working in their job and studying. They invest a lot of time and money in their education.

    There was also an article about cool Japan or weird Japan. I thought it has a point. While Japan is spending time on pop culture, other Asian countries are spending time studying. It is something for Japanese to think about in daily behavior and make our priority more clear so that we Japanese can be called well-educated Asians as well.

  5. I have heard about Asian American parents being very strict about raising their children, so the result of this investigation makes sense to me. I guess it is good for Asian Americans that they go to better colleges and get better jobs because they have a bright future awaiting. However, this only reflects the bright side and as the other investigation suggests, a dark one also exists. I feel that Asian Americans who are so concentrated on getting better grades and doing better on exams are missing something important in their life, like interacting with other people from different backgrounds. It is unfortunate that a lot of Asian Americans are under pressure to live up to their parents’ expectations and stressed out. I guess they should know that getting better education and jobs is not everything and there are more important things in their lives.

  6. It doesn’t really surprise me that 70% of Asian immigrants have bachelor degrees. I have many Asian friends who live or have lived in the states, and most of them attend good universities. Those who graduated already have high paying jobs. Most of them are smart and hard working. This might be a stereotype but I feel like most Asian parents, especially Koreans, are really strict when it comes to school. I think it may also be because a lot of Asians parents who go abroad are determined to have a better life, so they want their kids to have the best. Since Asian countries like China, Singapore, and India are growing rapidly economically, Asian Americans who can speak two or more languages are valued.

  7. Parenting problems is very important since children having different ethnic parents cannot only learn two or more languages in most natural way, but also have risks to learn it perfectly. Persons of mixed percentage tend to speak in using both of his/her native tongue, which seems to cause some negative habits and dependence. Therefore, when they are forced to speak in an official situation, they find difficulties, which are hardly corrected.
    Discrimination problem is usual case that all returnees might experience by having a different sense of value. I think some of those situations could be a satisfaction on the contrary, since we learn to see in more objective way.

  8. Tomoka, it is a matter of collecting economic and social census data that the Pew Research Center can conclude that Asian Americans are “the best educated, highest income, and fastest-growing racial group in the country.” This is not an opinion but statement based on the latest statistical data. I did add, however, that not all Asians live so well and not all are the best educated. This is a general statistic, but experiences differ among individuals and families.

  9. I was surprised the fact of increasing Asian Americans. I think Asian countries, especially China, are developing and there are more and more rich people who want to study hard in order to make money. They study abroad and speak more than two languages. It is the skill to communicate with foreign countries. However, I don’t agree with the conclusion of the study. I don’t think “All of Asian Americans are the best educated, highest income,
    fastest-growing racial group in the county.” I think the discrimination that white people have toward Asian people has been less than before. About 150 years ago, Japanese people had started to go to America and work hard. At that time they had a difficult time but now they don’t seem to suffer rather than I think they like their lives in America. I was also surprised that as the time passes, the situation changes.

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