Asian-Americans better off than others

The American dream continues to burn bright, specially for nearly 20 million adult US-born children of Asian and Hispanic immigrants. They are substantially better off than their parents in household income, college graduation rates and home-ownership levels in the US, according to a new study.

Hard work and career success get high importance from the second-generation Asian Americans and Hispanics than the general public, the Pew Research Centre’s Social and Demographic Trends Project found.

This second generation Americans view themselves as “typical American”, and are more likely to speak English and have friends outside their racial or ethnic group, says the Pew analysis of US Census Bureau data.

There is no separate category for Indian Americans in the study and are included among Asian Americans, who together with Hispanics make up about seven-in-10 of today’s adult immigrants and about half of today’s adult second generation.

The second generation Asian Americans and Hispanics are more inclined to call themselves liberal and less likely to identify as Republicans, it said.

Seeing the current immigration trends and birth rates, virtually all (93 percent) of the growth of America’s working-age population between now and 2050 will be accounted for by immigrants and their US-born children, the study projected.

Here are some interesting findings:

Nearly six-in-10 adults in the second generation consider themselves to be a “typical American,” about double the share of immigrants who say the same.

Close to one-in-six (15 percent) married second-generation adults have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity from themselves, compared with 8 percent of all immigrants and 8 percent of all US adults.

Intermarriage rates are especially high for second-generation Hispanics (26 percent) and Asian Americans (23 percent).