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Study shows Asian population rising in US

06-25-2012 14:32 BJT

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A US study on the country’s changing demographics just released this past week. The Pew Research Center surveyed thousands of Asian Americans, asking them about their lives. Researchers came up with some interesting results.

The U.S. Asian population has risen in recent years at rates rarely seen in America before. It’s a modern immigration wave that’s thrust the group from less than 1-percent of the population in 1965 to nearly 6-percent in 2011-a more than fivefold increase, according to a new Pew Research Center Survey called "The Rise of Asian-Americans."

Asians, which include Indians, Koreans, Chinese, Filipino’s, Japanese and Vietnamese, among others, were the fastest growing group of recent American-immigrants in the past decade, eclipsing Hispanics-a demographic group now in steep decline.

Stanley Rosen, the professor of Political Science Dept., USC says, "Here the economy plays a role in the sense that the immigration from Central-America and Mexico slowed down a bit as economic opportunities in the United States has declined a bit, and border patrols have become heavier."

And there are several notable distinctions here. Asians earn more money than any other racial group. They tend to live in mixed neighborhoods and they more likely to marry interracially.

Yakenda Mcgahee from Los Angeles says, "And they’re more likely to be educated according to the study. 49% of Asian-Americans, foreign-born & U.S.-born, hold college degrees, compared to 28-percent of the rest of the U.S. population. And the median Income of this group is, on average, $16,000 higher than the rest of America."

Stanley says, "What we’re finding now with the new immigrants is that they’re actually coming here to pursue educational goals; and so they’re already well-educated. And that earlier generation of working in a sweat shop or working in a Chinese kitchen. That generation is dying out."

The study not only answers the question, "who"; but also the question: "why." Why did a new immigrant wave from Asia choose to head West

Stanley says, "This is actually one of the surprising findings of the surveys. That as the economies in Asia are booming, by-and-large, and the economies in the west including the United States, are not. You would think that the movement would be in the other direction. So this is kind of counterintuitive in a way, and they must be coming for other reasons."

The reasons cited in the Pew Research report This new wave of Asian immigrants still believes in the "American Dream"-that the U.S. is a land of opportunity, despite recent economic data to the contrary.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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