Working Paper 175

Socioeconomic Success of Asian Immigrants in the United States


Kerstin Lueck

Abteilung 'Integration und Konflikt'

Jahr der Veröffentlichung


Working Paper 175

It was the aim of this study to explore the effects of social, cultural, and transnational factors on the socioeconomic success of Asian immigrants in the United States. The participants in this study were 1371 Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and other Asian immigrants who were interviewed with computer-assisted software in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and English. The subcategory ‘other Asians’ consisted of Koreans, Japanese, Asian Indians, and individuals of other Asian backgrounds.
Results showed that Chinese had a 56% higher probability of success than other Asians. Men had an approximately 49% higher probability of success than women due to gender hierarchies and disparities. Socioeconomic success increases for every unit increase in English language proficiency, native language proficiency, social networks, and parental education. Asians who migrated to the United States between the ages of 18 and 34 have an approximately 102% higher chance of success than a person who migrated after the age of 35.

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