Asian immigrants to the U.S. tends to be goal/family oriented, legal, and educated. This comes in the face of a  Hispanic immigration decrease in the USA due to more deportation/enforcement, lower birthrates in Mexico, and a down-economy in the U.S.. As of 2010, 36% of all new immigrants to the USA were Asian (that’s 430,000 Asians, compared to 370,000 Hispanics…three years before those stats were flipped)

Factors of Asian Immigration Success

Asian Education

Asians tend to be more educated: Nearly half of Asian Immigrants have college degrees, and higher median incomes ($66,000) than the general population ($49,800).

Asian Legal Status

Only about 15 percent of Asian immigrants are in the USA illegally (compared to 45% for Hispanics) , which tells us Asian success in the USA is mostly legit. So, not only are they here in the USA educated, but also legally as well.

Goal-oriented

Entering successfully into marriage, being a good parent, finding a great career and material success are all priorities for Asian immigrants to the USA.

Summary

The information in this blog is based on this NYTimes article, In a Shift, Biggest Wave of Migrants Is Now Asian, so we’re not pulling these stats out of the air, but it is important to say that with any article like this, no matter its origin, it’s easy to slip into stereo-typed thinking–a them vs us mentality, which is rarely productive. After reading this piece, it could be easy to imagine how Asian immigrants to the USA are simply better prepared for today’s challenges, and coming out on top more frequently than their American hosts. This naturally incites the general population in the USA to react negatively to Asian immigrants who are more successful and goal oriented than themselves.

However, if everything we read here is true, we can see how a cultural emphasis on the importance on education, career, and family pay off, at least materially. It’s also interesting to look at other factors beyond this study to see when cultural expectations begin to influence and shape to individual (who we might add is under great pressure to perform). One book to check out, especially as it related to how Chinese culture affects many of the above factors (importance of education, family, career, goals, etc.) is the highly controversial book by Amy Chua, titled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

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