Ann Curry Is One of Them: 7 Reasons Why Asian Americans Are on the Rise

The U.S. officially has more Asian than Hispanic immigrants per year, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

But Asians -- Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Filipino, and Vietnamese Americans, primarily -- have grown not only in numbers. 

The study, “The Rise of Asian Americans,” also shows that Asians in the U.S. have overtaken other groups in economic influence and social assimilation. 

Here are 7 takeaways from the demographic study:







1) Asians earn the highest incomes.



The median household income is $66,000 for Asians, higher than the national median of $49,800. The median is $54,000 for whites, $40,000 for Hispanics, and $33,000 for blacks.

2) Asians are the best-educated.

In 2010, 49% of Asians ages 25 and over had bachelor’s degrees. Only 31% of whites, 18% of blacks, and 13% of Hispanics have the same level of education. This isn’t surprising, as most Asian cultures strongly believe in the value of education. Or, maybe we’re just smarter.

3) Asians are more content and optimistic.



When asked if they’re satisfied with their lives overall, personal finances, and the future of the U.S., 82% of Asians responded “yes,” compared to 75% of the general public. ^_^ !

4) Asians value marriage and parenthood more than other Americans.

Asians believe in “family values” more than any other American group. Fifty-four percent of Asians say that a successful marriage is one of the most important things in life, whereas only 34% of the general public agrees. More Asians (67%) say that being a good parent is one of the most important things in life, compared to 50% of most Americans. Reagan who?


5) Asians believe in hard work and career success more than other Americans.

Asians believe in the “American Dream” more than any other American group. Almost 70% believe that hard work will reap its rewards, compared to only 58% of the public; and a whopping 93% of Asians would characterize themselves as “very hardworking,” compared to 57% of all Americans. Gatsby who?

6) Asians live by their word.


Asians talk the talk, and walk the walk. They’re more likely to be married than other groups: 59% get married compared to 51% of the general public.  They are also more likely to raise children in a two-parent household. Their homes are also more likely to be multi-generational, influenced by their culture’s filial piety. Happy father’s day!

7) Asians live more ethnically diverse lives.

Asians are most likely to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry interracially. Of recent Asian-American brides, 37% married a non-Asian groom. (I see you, Priscilla Chan.)

The breakdown gets more complex by subgroup: Indian-Americans lead in income and education, by far; Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and “other Asian” Americans origins have higher poverty rates than the U.S. general public while Indian, Japanese, and Filipino Americans have lower rates. Asians group differently geographically and have multiple religious beliefs. It’s true that they tend to be less politically engaged; but overall, Asian-Americans are the next group to watch out for in the U.S.