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.Just 12% say that if they had to do it all over again, they would remain in their country of origin.And by lopsided margins, Asian Americans say the U. is preferable to their country of origin in such realms as providing economic opportunity, political and religious freedoms, and good conditions for raising children. Asians say that Asian-American parents place too much pressure on their children to do well in school, even more Chinese and Japanese say this about parents in their countries.The surge is not due to new immigrants coming to the United States - but instead stems from the immigrants who are already here having children, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey.
But despite often sizable subgroup differences, Asian Americans are distinctive as a whole, especially when compared with all U. adults, whom they exceed not just in the share with a college degree (49% vs. According to the Pew Research Center survey of a nationally representative sample of 3,511 Asian Americans, conducted by telephone from Jan.
The modern immigration wave from Asia is nearly a half century old and has pushed the total population of Asian Americans—foreign born and U. By comparison, non-Hispanic whites are 197.5 million and 63.3%, Hispanics 52.0 million and 16.7% and non-Hispanic blacks 38.3 million and 12.3%.
S born, adults and children—to a record 18.2 million in 2011, or 5.8% of the total U. Asian Americans trace their roots to any of dozens of countries in the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
(The publication last year of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” a comic memoir about strict parenting by Yale Law Professor Amy Chua, the daughter of immigrants, triggered a spirited debate about cultural differences in parenting norms.) The immigration wave from Asia has occurred at a time when the largest sending countries have experienced dramatic gains in their standards of living.
But few Asian immigrants are looking over their shoulders with regret.