Magazine article The Futurist

Asian Americans Increase Rapidly

Magazine article The Futurist

Asian Americans Increase Rapidly

Article excerpt

Rate of growth 20 times that of non-hispanic whites

The Asian-American population grew more rapidly than any other minority group in the United States during the 1980s, according to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington, D.C. The number of Asian Americans is likely to continue growing at high rates during the next decade, mostly due to immigration, PRB predicts in a recent report.

The number of Asians and Pacific Islanders living in the United States grew by 80% between 1980 and 1989, increasing from 3.8 million to 6.9 million. Their rate of growth was twice that of Hispanics, six times that of blacks, and 20 times that of nonHispanic whites, according to the report's authors, William P. O'Hare of the University of Louisville's Urban Research Institute and Judy C. Felt of PRB.

Immigration accounted for nearly three-fourths of Asian Americans' increase during the 1980s, say O'Hare and Felt. Of the two major streams of immigrants, one consists of people originally from Asian countries that already had large numbers of people in the United States (for example, China, Korea, and the Philippines). This group tends to be educated and ready to move quickly into the mainstream of U.S. society.

The other stream comprises immigrants and refugees from some of the war-torn countries of Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Many in this group began their American lives on welfare and lack the education and skills to move out of poverty, the authors say.

The contrast between these groups of immigrants may be fostering economic polarization in the Asian-American community, according to O'Hare and Felt. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.