Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Study on Chinese-Americans challenges Stereotypes

A University of Maryland Study on Chinese-Americans, based on 2006 U.S. census data, interviews and other sources, challenged common portraits of Chinese Americans as affluent and well-educated model minorities. More than half of Chinese American adults have college degrees, twice the proportion of the general population. But one-fifth did not complete high school, one of the highest rates among Asian American groups. Immigrants from Taiwan and Hong Kong are better educated than those from mainland China.


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What "stereotypes" would those be? Ever heard the joke that UCLA stands for 'University of Caucasians Lost among Asians'? Walk across the UC-Berkeley campus sometime: you see so many Asians (and most of them are no doubt Chinese) that it can be a little hard to believe you're in America. Anyone who's conscious knows that in general Chinese do rather well academically, and therefore professionally. So I have no idea what "stereotypes" you're referring to.

Posted by: eh | Nov 15, 2008 8:14:21 PM

Speaking of stereotypes, one of the most dangerous of these is: it's "hard to believe you're in America."

Posted by: robert sorensen | Nov 16, 2008 7:01:16 AM

Check out the web site for a post-racial analysis of asian-american stereotypes.
The website has also posted (not very flattering pictures) of Professors Johnson, Hing and Aldana!

Posted by: Peter Chan | Nov 17, 2008 9:14:14 AM

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