Asian Americans: Achievement beyond IQ

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Eleven Studies
from Various Locales

The Ethnic Minorities Research Project was the last national survey of Asian and White American IQ. However, since 1960, there have been 11 studies of various locales, that is, neighborhoods, school districts, cities, states, or universities. These can be classified as follows: studies whose subjects were tested in the 1960s, that is, before the huge influx of post-1968 Asian immigrants had its impact; two studies of San Francisco's Chinatown that allow us to assess the initial impact of that influx, at least on one community; recent studies of little value, either because their subjects were university students or graduates, or because they lump together all of the diverse subgroups of today's Asian American community.

KAUAI ISLAND 1965-1966

Estimates: Japanese get 99 for nonverbal IQ, 97 for verbal IQ. Adjustments: Initial estimates lowered 10 points because of obsolete norms.

Kauai is the northwesternmost island of the Hawaiian chain and in 1960 it had a population of 30,000. During 1955, there were 800 live births of which 280 were Japanese. Werner, Simonian, and Smith ( 1968) conducted a longitudinal study of these children and, in 1965 to 1966, gave them the


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