“The Rise of Asian Americans” reports that Asian Americans are now the fastest growing racial group in the U.S., as well as the best-educated and most prosperous. Just released by the Pew Research Center, the report is based on an opinion survey of 3,500 Asian Americans and U.S. Census data.
"Asians recently passed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States. The educational credentials of these recent arrivals are striking. More than six-in-ten (61%) adults ages 25 to 64 who have come from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelor’s degree. This is double the share among recent non-Asian arrivals, and almost surely makes the recent Asian arrivals the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history."
“The Rise of Asian Americans” has brought criticism from some Asian American scholars and advocates who say its approach over-emphasizes the Asian American “model minority” stereotype. Frank H. Wu, University of California Hastings Law School Chancellor, wrote in the New York Times on June 23:
Though the study noted that discrimination, poverty and language barriers still confront refugees, undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable groups, Asian American advocates for social justice winced. Despite decades of debunking by social scientists and historians, the model minority myth—Asian-Americans as overachieving nerds—persists. The study was based on a rigorous survey, though relying on self-reported attitudes and behaviors is not a fireproof methodology.
Other community leaders suggest that the methodology and sample may not necessarily account for all Asian Americans, such as those of Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander descent.